Equine Respiratory System
- By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
- Mar 13, 2013
The horse's respiratory tract is a highly specialized organ system that can move extremely large volumes of air in and out of the lungs each minute. When things go wrong they go very wrong, making respiratory disfunction one of the leading causes of performance problems in equines.
In this fact sheet, you'll learn about:
- How the respiratory system works;
- Common respiratory infections, including equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), strangles, and equine influenza (EI, flu);
- Laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring);
- Exercise-iinduced pulmonary hemorrhage (EOPH);
- Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, heaves, formerly COPD));
- Respiratory diagnostics; and
- Treatment options.
- Diagnosing Equine Neck Conditions
- Horses' Physiologic Responses to Exercise
- Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Cause Lung Inflammation?
- Muscle Problems Can Cause Poor Equine Performance
- Electrolyte Use in Performance Horses
- Regulatory Veterinarian Checks in Horse Racing
- Three-Day Eventing Horse Inspections
- Alternative Treatment for "Roaring" in Horses (AAEP 2011)
- Treating Equine Upper Respiratory Tract Ailments (AAEP 2011)
- Equine Head Flexion and Airway Inflammation (AAEP 2011)