Researchers found that owners of horses with severe asthma struggle to implement recommendations for a dust-free equine environment.
Adjusting a horse’s environment and administering medications as needed can help some asthmatic equids return to function.
Management strategies include inhaled corticosteroids and environmental changes such as steaming hay.
A horse’s active competition schedule can make managing and treating respiratory problems challenging.
Researchers set out to determine whether these inhaled medications simply relieve airway constriction for horses with heaves or, more importantly, improve lung function. Here’s what they found.
If developed, an economical and relatively easy-to-perform stallside test could help veterinarians better identify asthmatic horses and provide an alternative to bronchoalveolar lavage.
Researchers have discovered that breathing in various kinds of molds can cause a horse to develop IAD.
Horses with equine asthma are more likely to have pharyngeal abnormalities in the upper airway during exercise than their asthma-free counterparts.
Veterinarians often prescribe medications to control acute and chronic clinical signs of disease, along with recommending environmental changes to limit asthmatic horses’ exposure to inhaled allergens. What do owners think of these sometimes time-consuming and expensive suggestions?
Are breathing issues slowing your horse down? Here are some surgical and management options that might help.
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