Merial, the company which makes Gastrogard (omeprazole), Eqvalan (ivermectin) and Zimectrin (ivermectin) has expanded its equine product portfolio to include Flair Equine Nasal Strips, which were formerly developed and manufactured by CNS, Inc. A Flair nasal strip is a disposable, adhesive device that is placed above the horse’s nostrils, and promotes respiratory health and performance by holding the nasal passages open for optimal breathing during strenuous activity.

(See past articles about Flair strips and how they work, and various studies completed on them at http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=938, http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=3320 (scroll to bottom of page), and http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=1377.)

According to a recent study from Michigan State University scientists and published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, horses wearing Flair strips probably experience a reduction in exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding in the lungs (as airway resistance was decreased significantly during inspiration), and might use less energy to breathe. Nasal resistance accounts for approximately 50% of total airway resistance in exercising horses, according to researchers.

Flair strips were invented by two equine veterinarians and developed in 1999 by CNS, Inc., which also developed Breathe Right Nasal Strips for humans in 1993. The strips are currently available in the U.S. and Canada through veterinarians, tack stores, and equine supply companies. Merial will soon expand distribution to include Europe, Australia, Brazil, and other international markets. For more information, visit. http://www.flairstrips.com.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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