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?
Dr. Janet Beeler-Marfisi is studying better ways to diagnose equine lung disease using cell markers and flow cytometry.
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