Diagnosing Breathing Problems

Many of you are familiar with the respiratory condition known as "heaves," also termed recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Primarily caused by chronic exposure to dusts and molds in hay and bedding, heaves can cripple the function of a horse's lungs, making it difficult for him to breathe at rest, let alone during physical exertion. In horses with severe heaves, the breathing rate is much

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