COPD, Heaves & RAO

Proper hay soaking can benefit several different, and sometimes related, equine health conditions. The process can reduce both allergens and nonstructural carbohydrates in forage.


Conditions Helped by Hay Soaking

July 31, 2013

Research shows that soaking hay before feeding can help a variety of equine health conditions.... Read More

Researchers provided horses with daily inhaled corticosteroid treatments of fluticasone propionate through a respirator mask covering both nostrils.


Inhaled Corticosteroids, Management Changes Help RAO Horses

July 10, 2013

A combination of inhaled corticosteroids and environmental antigen avoidance helped horses with heaves.... Read More


ACVIM 2013: Steroids, Management Changes to Treat Heaves

June 17, 2013

Learn about a study using corticosteroids and antigen avoidance to treat RAO from Dr. Mathilde Leclere.... Read More


Horse Gene Discovery Could Help in Human Asthma Relief

March 17, 2013

Research on RAO, or heaves, in horses could help in finding solutions for asthma in humans.... Read More


Heaves in Horses

February 04, 2013

Heaves is a chronic, debilitating problem similar to asthma in humans for horses.... Read More


Long-term Clenbuterol Use in Horses Studied

September 05, 2012

While the drug initially reduced airway sensitivity, long-term use seems to result in reduced effectiveness.... Read More


Dexamethasone Administration Routes in Horses Compared

June 26, 2012

Study finds that dexamethasone (DXM) behaves similarly regardless of how it enters the horse's body.... Read More


Study: Nanoparticles to Deliver Therapy for Heaves in Horses

April 28, 2012

Study of horses with allergies showed a partial remission of allergy signs with nanoparticle administration... Read More


Breathing Easy Key to Equine Performance and Health

January 03, 2012

The respiratory system can be a major cause of poor performance or premature retirement from competition.... Read More


Diagnosing Respiratory Infection

December 01, 2011

The scenario might sound familiar: You take a couple laps around the arena with your horse, and suddenly... Read More


Treating Respiratory Diseases Horse Course Archived

November 16, 2011

The presentation discussed evidence-based approaches to treating airway disease (such as heaves) in horses.... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE on Avoiding Respiratory Problems Archived

September 10, 2011's Ask the Vet LIVE event on avoiding respiratory problems in the barn is now archived.... Read More


Air Quality in Barns Critical for Horse and Human Health

July 10, 2011

Most equestrians know firsthand the dangers that accompany their passion for horses: bumps and bruises ... Read More


Beta-Agonist Drugs: Effect on Respiratory Function in Horses

July 06, 2011

Horses in intense exercise, such as racing or three-day eventing, need full lung capacity to perform to the to... Read More


Advancements in Understanding Airway Diseases

July 01, 2011

Researchers have made strides in understanding airway diseases and what helps (or does not help) control them.... Read More


AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More


Ammonia: Out of My Barn!

February 14, 2011

Ammonia buildup can affect a horse’s respiratory health & performance, but it is preventable.... Read More


Wetting/Soaking Hay for Horses with Respiratory Problems

October 12, 2010

My vet has had me soaking my horse's hay for an hour, but I see you indicating just to wet it down.... Read More


Respiration (in Horses) Through the Ages

September 01, 2010

Experts advise: When it comes to respiratory illness in horses, save the gambling for Vegas. Be aware of the major respiratory diseases that horses are susceptible to (commonly, heaves, Rhodococcus equi, and equine herpesvirus) and use preventive ... Read More


Owners Best at Assessing Own Horse's Airway Disease Changes

August 27, 2010

Researchers found that owners are best at assessing chronic respiratory disease changes in horses.... Read More


Twelve New Equine Fact Sheets Available From

May 12, 2010

This week has launched 12 free, handy Fact Sheets on topics of interest to hands-on horse owners. These are invaluable additions to the more than 30 widely acclaimed Fact Sheets that launched in 2009...... Read More


Digital Recorders Can Monitor Equine Cough

May 07, 2010

Someday people may use a digital audio recorder to evaluate equine respiratory diseases, as well as the air quality of the stable environment.

Marco Duz, MedVet, MRCVS, and his colleagues recorded horses' coughs over 24 hours, th... Read More


Oral Steroids Beneficial for Horses with Airway Disease

April 21, 2010

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated that the corticosteroid prednisolone improves the lung function of horses with recurrent airway obstruction, even in the presence of continuous exposure to antigens. The same study also revealed... Read More


Allergy, Parasite Link Investigated

April 01, 2010

Horses with allergic diseases, like recurrent airway obstruction, might have fewer parasites.... Read More


Management Key to Preventing Heaves in Horses

August 04, 2009

Heaves (also called recurrent airway obstruction) is a severe form of bronchitis/bronchiolitis.... Read More