10 Recurrent Airway Obstruction Resources on TheHorse.com

10 Recurrent Airway Obstruction Resources on TheHorse.com

Heaves must be managed through decreasing exposure to dusts known to make the horse’s disease worse.

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Whether your horses are equine athletes, low-key lesson mounts, or retired seniors, ensuring they can breathe easy is key to keeping them happy and healthy. However, this becomes decidedly more challenging when horses suffer from recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, or heaves). Owners often seek advice and tips on ways to keep their RAO-affected horses healthy, so we've scoured our archives and compiled 10 resources available for free on TheHorse.com.

For additional information, view the "COPD, Heaves, and RAO" subtopic group or search "heaves" or "RAO" on TheHorse.com.

Article: Management Key to Preventing Heaves in Horses Once a horse has had heaves, it will always be susceptible to developing clinical signs of the disease. Heaves must be managed through decreasing exposure to dusts known to make the horse’s disease worse. However, the longer the horse remains in clinical remission, the less likely it will develop another severe bout. Learn how you can help reduce your horse's risk of developing heaves. Read More

Seminar: Treating Lower Respiratory Diseases Learn about evidence-based approaches to treatment of lower-airway diseases, such as heaves and inflammatory airway disease (IAD), with Laurent Couetil, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM. Watch Now

Fact Sheet: Heaves in Horses Heaves is a common equine respiratory condition most frequently diagnosed in horses 8 years of age and older. Also called recurrent airway obstruction, heaves is similar to asthma in humans. Learn about how heaves develops, its clinical signs, treatment, and prevention methods, and more in this free fact sheet. Download Now

Video: Steroids, Management Changes to Treat Heaves Mathilde Leclere, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, describes how corticosteroids and antigen avoidance can help horses suffering from heaves. Watch Now

Infographic: Respiratory Health The horse's respiratory tract moves large volumes of air in and out of the lungs each minute. Respiratory-related health conditions are the second leading cause of poor performance in athletic horses. Learn about how the horse's respiratory system works as well as frequently diagnosed respiratory problems in horses—including heaves—with this easy-to-follow visual guide. View Now

Article: Inhaled Corticosteroids, Management Changes Help RAO Horses Researchers found that horses with heaves got the most relief from clinical signs when receiving inhaled corticosteroids in conjunction with management changes that limited antigen exposure. Read More

Slideshow: Conditions Helped by Hay Soaking Research shows that soaking hay before feeding can help a variety of equine health conditions, including heaves. Learn more in this slideshow. View Now

Article: Study: Nanoparticles to Deliver Therapy for Heaves in Horses Scientists have applied nanoscale molecule research in human allergy suppression to horses: In a recent study the team designed and administered a nanoparticleto deliver CpG-ODN (an immunostimulating DNA that has been shown to suppress allergies in humans) to horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, or heaves); the study yielded promising results. Read More

Article: Pasture-Associated Heaves It's summer and your coughing horse has been diagnosed with RAO. As part of your horse's management plan, should you: A) Keep your horse out of the barn and turned out to pasture, or B) Keep your horse away from pasture and stabled indoors? Depending on your geographic location, the weather, and your horse's clinical signs, he might be suffering from pasture-associated heaves; if he is, he might be better off living inside. Read More

Ask the Vet Live: Avoiding Respiratory Problems in the Barn A number of air quality factors in barns can make it harder for your horse to breathe, compromising his health and performance. Learn how you can keep your barn's air clean and his respiratory system healthy in this archived hour-long event. Listen Now


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