Recent News for Respiratory Problems


No Live Foal Guarantees

February 01, 2003

Subconsciously, you've been holding your breath for months. From the moment your mare was confirmed in foal, it's been a tense waiting game. And although she will be foaling soon, you know a healthy foal is still anything but a given. Between... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus Type-1 Outbreak Resolving; Strain Might be Atypical

January 29, 2003

The worst is over in the unusual equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) outbreak that led to the death of 10 horses and has affected the remaining equine population at the University of Findlay’s English riding facility in Findlay, Ohio, since Jan.... Read More


Ohio Disease Confirmed as Equine Herpesvirus Type-1

January 24, 2003

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials have reported that equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of the respiratory and neurologic illness that has plagued University of Findlay horses since Jan.... Read More


Care of Sick Horses in Ohio Outbreak

January 23, 2003

The battle against the paralyzing disease that hit the English riding facility at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio was lost for 10 horses, but is still being waged for the 22 others which have been affected neurologically (see article... Read More


Ten Ohio Horses Dead; Possible Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

January 22, 2003

At least 10 horses have died or have been euthanized at the University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, Ohio, after battling a respiratory and neurologic illness. Preliminary polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests completed on tissue samples from... Read More


AAEP 2002: Infectious Disease Forum

December 17, 2002

With West Nile virus (WNV) marching across the United States and affecting both horses and humans, infectious disease prevention has been a hot topic in barns, the media, veterinary clinics, and elsewhere. During the Infectious Disease forum,... Read More


Recovering from the Flu

December 01, 2002

Q: There was recently a flu-like breakout at the barn where I board, and some other boarders disagreed on how long, or even if they need to, keep horses in and relatively isolated. Some folks are turning them out soon after the... Read More


Have a Horse with Heaves?

November 13, 2002

Sarah Gardner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor of equine medicine at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is looking for horses with heaves (chronic respiratory disease, COPD) as donations or that she can... Read More


Flair Strips Acquired By Merial

November 01, 2002

Merial, the company which makes GastroGard (omeprazole), Eqvalan (ivermectin) and Zimectrin (ivermectin) recently acquired Flair Equine Nasal Strips. The strips were invented by two equine veterinarians and developed in 1999 by CNS, Inc., which... Read More


UK Team Attacks Strangles

October 11, 2002

A leading UK horse charity has teamed up with genome researchers in an effort to beat the equine disease strangles. The Home of Rest for Horses, based in Buckinghamshire, England, has financed a £250,000 ($390,000) project to decode all the gene... Read More


Airway Health

October 03, 2002

Many trainers judge the health of their horses’ airways by listening to the sounds the animals make while they are exercising. Airway Dynamics of Midway, Ky., is doing the same thing more scientifically by using high-tech equipment. Veterinarian... Read More


New Flair Nasal Strip Study

October 03, 2002

A recent study completed by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) suggests that Flair nasal strips decrease the amount of work required for respiratory muscles in equine athletes during intense exercise, and might reduce the amount of... Read More


Diagnosing Breathing Problems

October 01, 2002

Many of you are familiar with the respiratory condition known as "heaves," also termed recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Primarily caused by chronic exposure to dusts and molds in hay and bedding, heaves can cripple the function of a horse's... Read More


Merial Acquires Flair Nasal Strips

September 24, 2002

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. ... Read More


Equine Herpes Outbreak in Australia

September 03, 2002

A mare (or mares) imported from North America to Victoria, Australia, is believed to be at the center of the latest outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), or equine rhinopneumonitis virus, in Australia. 

As the Australian... Read More


Australian Shuttlers Released From Quarantine

August 30, 2002

In the wake of a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) test on a Canadian Standardbred horse, almost 50 Thoroughbred shuttle stallions were released from Australia's major quarantine station outside Sydney on the morning of Aug. 30.

The decisio... Read More


Preventing Airway Obstruction

August 01, 2002

During periods of intense exercise, portions of the upper airway can collapse, interfering with breathing. The cause of these obstructive episodes, most notably dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), is yet unknown. In other species,... Read More


Breathe Easier!

July 01, 2002

When Anne Thomas called me to her ranch house early one spring morning, she said it was urgent. Her 5-year-old horse, Charlie, was having trouble breathing. When I arrived at the barn, I could see the bay gelding standing in the middle of his... Read More


Laryngeal Paralysis

June 01, 2002

Partial paralysis of the larynx prevents maximal opening of the equine trachea. Affected horses can move air, but breathing noises occur, especially during exercise. The most common form of laryngeal paralysis is recurrent laryngeal neuropathy... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Confirmed in Virginia

May 30, 2002

Detection of a neurological illness in Virginia thought to be equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) myeloencephalopathy was recently confirmed as such at several laboratories throughout the United States.

The organism causing EHV-1 can cause... Read More


Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy in Virginia

May 08, 2002

Four cases of mysterious illness in Northern Virginia horses have been attributed to equine herpesvirus (EHV) myeloencephalopathy, a rare neurologic version of EHV type 1, which is typically recognized in its respiratory form as rhinopneumonitis... Read More


LSU Foal Study On Viral Infections and Recurrent Airway Obstruction

May 01, 2002

Louisiana State University researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine have begun a study to investigate the effect of viral infections on the immune response of neonatal foals, specifically if exposure to influenza virus reduces the risk... Read More


Working for the Betterment of Horses

February 01, 2002

Moyer and Johnson are excited about the future of equine research, not only at Texas A&M, but around the world. And that excitement was made possible in large part to a woman who wanted to better the world in which horses live.... Read More


Intradermal Skin Testing May Not Be Reliable for Diagnosing Heaves

February 01, 2002

Allergens in the pasture and barn are believed to trigger chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or heaves) in horses. It is unclear whether simply developing an allergy leads to COPD, or if a horse must
be born susceptible to the... Read More


A World on the Move

February 01, 2002

The World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) met in Sorrento, Italy, in conjunction with the October 2001 Italian veterinary association annual meeting. WEVA meets every other year in locations designed to attract veterinarians from countries... Read More