COPD, Heaves & RAO

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... 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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Recurrent Airway Obstruction: They Don't Call It 'Heaves' Anymore

September 26, 2007

At a workshop in 2000, an international group of veterinary investigators eliminated the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to technically describe the equine respiratory ailment commonly known as "heaves." They elected... Read More

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Helping Horses with Heaves

September 01, 2007

Heaves is the equine equivalent to human asthma, with owner management as the key to preventing future episodes.

If a horse can't breathe, he can't work. Unimpeded respiration is needed to supply working muscles with oxyge... Read More

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New Respiratory Ailment Identified; Progressive Disease Might Have Link to EHV-5

July 26, 2007

Researchers have recently identified a new equine respiratory ailment that presents clinical signs similar to heaves, but that is progressive and has a poor prognosis for affected horses. The researchers have postulated that the disease, dubbed... Read More

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Learning to Breathe Easier

December 01, 2006

When your horse has heaves or inflammatory airway disease, you often feel utterly helpless. As he stands there with his head low, huffing and puffing, what can you do to quickly help him breathe easier?

Sarah Gardner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM,... Read More

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Internal Insights

October 01, 2006

Veterinary internal medicine is a growing specialty that boasts nearly 400 large animal internal medicine specialists, many of them focusing on horses. In a time when humans seek out experts in varying medical fields, it's only logical that we seek... Read More

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Respiratory Disease: Not So Easy Breathing

September 14, 2006

The terms recurrent airway obstruction (RAO or heaves) and inflammatory airway disease (IAD) are often wrongfully used interchangeably to describe horses with non-infectious respiratory disease.... Read More

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Predicting Pulmonary Hypertension

September 14, 2006

"Significant pulmonary hypertension is known to occur secondary to recurrent airway obstruction in horses," researchers said. "How this relates to disease severity or long-term prognosis is not known. In part, this may be due to the difficulty and/or... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Chronic Salbutamol Treatment for Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

"Anywhere between 25-92% of stabled horses have some form of airway inflammation," said Melissa R. Mazan, DVM, of Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at the 2005 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in... Read More

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Inhalation Therapy for Equine Airway Disease

February 01, 2006

Editor's Note: N. Edward Robinson, BVetMed, PhD, is the Matilda Wilson professor in large animal clinical sciences at Michigan State University. He is one of the world's leading researchers in equine airway disease, and he has lectured on... Read More

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Skin Testing in Horses With RAO

December 01, 2005

Preventing attacks of wheezing, coughing, and labored breathing in a horse with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) involves eliminating allergens from the horse's environment. But how do you know which allergens are most problematic for your... Read More

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Antioxidants and Heaves

November 01, 2005

When a horse inhales mold spores or other irritants, neutrophils (specific types of white blood cells) release reactive oxidants--generally very reactive substances that can break down mold in the airways. That's not a bad thing, really. "But if... Read More

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Acupuncture for Acute Heaves

July 01, 2005

Acupuncture has become a popular alternative therapy for chronic illness in horses, especially recurrent airway obstruction (also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heaves). Unfortunately, there are few objective studies supporting... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Heaves

May 01, 2005

What owners can do when faced with recurrent airway obstruction in their horses. ... Read More

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Heaves and Saline Treatment

March 03, 2005

Rapid intravenous administration of isotonic saline solution does not relieve airway obstruction in heaves-affected horses, says Daniel Jean, MedVet, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of clinical sciences at the University of Montreal.... 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

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Problems for Horse Owners Caused by This Summer's Wet Weather

October 14, 2003

From Penn State University's Dairy & Animal Science News

The wet weather this summer has not only increased the price of quality hay, but creates the right conditions for increased mold, fungi and mycotoxins in hay and... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Update on Illegal Compounding of Clenbuterol Veterinary Drug Products

January 25, 2002

Background information at  http://www.TheHorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=947 

From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

In 1998, the FDA approved a... Read More

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First Equine-Specific Metered Dose Inhaler Approved by FDA

December 03, 2001

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with asthma or chronic bronchitis, you’ve probably been prescribed a convenient inhaler that delivers your medication into your airway. For the first time, horses with recurrent airway... Read More