Other Respiratory Problems
May 12, 2009
Upper airway problems can ruin a good horse, whether they slow him down or cause airway noise that hurts his show placings. But they haven't always been easy to sort out because the upper airway couldn't be examined under natural exercise conditions ... Read More
April 02, 2009
Upper airway disorders, such as dorsal displacement of the soft palate or dynamic collapse of the upper respiratory tract, can be challenging to diagnose in performance horses. Nonetheless, these are important causes of poor... Read More
March 27, 2009
Much like asthma in humans, equine heaves is a chronic, often debilitating disease in horses. The clinical signs can range from coughing and work intolerance to labored breathing, even at rest.
Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, DVM, MS, Dipl.... Read More
March 20, 2009
Dynamic obstructions of the equine respiratory tract are often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed with resting endoscopy. So veterinarians usually perform endoscopy on exercising horses using treadmills, in order to try to reproduce the exercise... Read More
March 17, 2009
Top 2008 equine studies include lawsonia, EPM, heart murmurs, etc., at the AAEP Convention.... Read More
March 17, 2009
A summary of cardiopulmonary and exercise for horses from the 2008 AAEP Convention. ... Read More
March 13, 2009
Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More
March 09, 2009
In addition to the risks viruses and bacteria pose to the horse, environmental exposure to particulates dispersed from feed, bedding, footing materials, and other sources (such as diesel exhaust) all can lead to IAD. Even small increases in aerodynam... Read More
March 06, 2009
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February 11, 2009
To test novel techniques for managing laryngeal hemiplegia, more commonly referred to as "roaring," a research team from Cornell University has created a working model of the equine larynx.
Dysfunction of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve... Read More
February 09, 2009
How the horse's head is positioned for radiographs (X rays) evaluating the efficacy of a tie-forward surgery can have a dramatic impact on the results, researchers from the United Kingdom report.
The laryngeal tie-forward... Read More
December 06, 2008
If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More
August 15, 2008
Equine authorities discussed numerous infectious disease topics and studies during the 2007 AAEP Convention.... Read More
August 01, 2008
If you've been a horse owner for any length of time, there's a pretty good chance you've amassed an arsenal of products that claim some pretty... Read More
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
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
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
May 27, 2008
Understanding how the horse's respiratory system works can help horse owners recognize and prevent problems.... Read More
May 08, 2008
Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More
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
April 04, 2008
The horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. ... Read More
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
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
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
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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