Other Respiratory Problems

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New EHV-4, Neurologic Disease Tests Introduced

July 24, 2008

IDEXX Reference Laboratories has introduced two new diagnostic products to help equine veterinarians diagnose equine respiratory disease and neurologic disease. The new tests include an equine herpesvirus type-4 (EHV-4) RealPCR Test... Read More

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California Wildfires: Keep Horses Healthy in Smoky Conditions

July 16, 2008

Wildfires continue to burn in California, renewing concerns about the effects of smoke-filled air on equine health.

"Exercise (in a smoky environment) or excessive exposure to smoke may compromise a horse for weeks or months to come," said... Read More

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Stall-Side Airway Test will be Available Soon

July 10, 2008

English researchers are working to move airway disease screening and diagnostics from the lab into the barn.

Equine HealthCare, a company based in the U.K., is developing a new respiratory diagnostic test based on measuring the amount of... Read More

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The Airways and the Lungs

May 27, 2008

Understanding how the horse's respiratory system works can help horse owners recognize and prevent problems.... Read More

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Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

April 17, 2008

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal... Read More

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Circulatory and Respiratory Systems: Of Blood and Breath

April 04, 2008

The horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. ... Read More

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Emerging Disease: Equine Multinodular Pulmonary Fibrosis Update

March 10, 2008

According to an inaugural, multi-center report, equine herpesvirus-5 (EHV-5) is associated with a newly recognized, potentially fatal lung disease in horses called equine multinodular pulmonary fibrosis, or EMPF.

"EMPF is an important... Read More

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Virginia Tech Vets Tackle Upper Respiratory Disorders

March 07, 2008

At Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, a variety of treatments are available for correcting disorders of the upper respiratory system and improving the odds of performance success.

Equine upper respiratory disorders ofte... Read More

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Heating Barns in Winter: Use Caution to Avoid Respiratory Problems

November 14, 2007

Horse owners who heat their barns to keep water from freezing and to protect horses from cold temperatures during late fall and winter should remember supplemental heat can cause problems if used incorrectly.

Ventilation is important when... Read More

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Wildfire Smoke and Horses: Recovering from Exposure

November 08, 2007

The severe fires in southern California have exposed humans and animals to unhealthy air containing wildfire smoke and particulates. These particulates can build up in the respiratory system, causing a number of health problems including burning... Read More

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The Airways and Lungs

November 01, 2007


The forgotten organs.

By the time a horse crosses the finish line in a five-furlong race, has completed a Grand Prix show jumping round, or... Read More

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Health Problems of Young Horses in Training

August 01, 2007

Young horses in training are vulnerable to a wide variety of problems--everything from respiratory disease to training injuries. These horses are often taken off the farm where they grew up, transported to training facilities where they... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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Herpes by the Numbers

June 08, 2006

A guide to nine types of herpesvirus can cause different problems in your horse.... Read More

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Equine Herpesvirus Latency

June 08, 2006

Equine herpesvirus subsequently can be spread by the continuous cycle of reactivation from being dormant.... Read More

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Herpesvirus Management Basics

June 08, 2006

There are basic tools a farm, stable, or barn manager can use to reduce the incidence of equine herpesvirus.... Read More

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Critical Care In the Field

April 01, 2006

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine... Read More

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The Respiratory System (Book Excerpt)

February 08, 2006

The respiratory system's main goal is to transfer oxygen from the air we breathe to the red blood cells where the oxygen will be transported throughout the body and be available for all organs and tissues. In addition, carbon dioxide, a waste produc... Read More

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Nasal Septum Resection

November 01, 2005

If the nasal septum—the bony structure that divides the left and right halves of the nasal cavity—becomes deviated or thickened, the nasal passages become narrowed and breathing is impaired. Left untreated, it can lead to exercise intolerance an... Read More

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Cicatrix in Older Horse

June 01, 2005

My veterinarian has estimated that my horse's pharynx is 30% constricted and has diagnosed cicatrix. ... Read More

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DDSP Diagnosis: Study Boosts Confidence in Sound Analysis

March 10, 2005

Vibrations of the soft palate are the probable source of expiratory sounds recorded in horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), says Jeremy Burn, BEng, PhD, lecturer in equine science in the department of anatomy at the... Read More

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Mucus Accumulation and Effect on Performance

February 13, 2005

The results of this study suggest that moderate to severe tracheal mucus accumulation is a risk factor for poor racing performance in Thoroughbred horses. Indeed, horses with little to no tracheal mucus placed nearly twice as well in a race compared... Read More

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Winter Respiratory Health

December 01, 2004

If a horse is confined in a barn during winter, he is at risk for respiratory problems. ... Read More