Upper Airway Problems


Beta-Agonist Drugs: Effect on Respiratory Function in Horses

July 06, 2011

Horses in intense exercise, such as racing or three-day eventing, need full lung capacity to perform to the to... Read More


Advancements in Understanding Airway Diseases

July 01, 2011

Researchers have made strides in understanding airway diseases and what helps (or does not help) control them.... Read More


Equine Charity Donation Supports Horse Health at WCVM

April 18, 2011

A $20,000 donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC) to support horse health at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on the University of Saskatchewan campus has been doubled by a matching gift program, bringing the total gift ... Read More


Arytenoid Chondritis (Breathing Problem)

April 01, 2011

I have an 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare that was diagnosed with arytenoid chondritis. The attending vet was sho... Read More


Infectious Respiratory Disease: PCR Testing Suggested (AAEP 2010)

February 11, 2011

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a fast, accurate, quick, and easy testing method to diagnose pathogens associated with equine upper respiratory tract infections, and researchers on a recent study recommended that veterinarians pursue PCR in cases... Read More


Respiratory Diseases Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

February 03, 2011

Appropriate biosecurity program protocols for respiratory diseases on the farm was the first issue addressed at the table topic on respiratory diseases presented at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Ba... Read More


Wetting/Soaking Hay for Horses with Respiratory Problems

October 12, 2010

My vet has had me soaking my horse's hay for an hour, but I see you indicating just to wet it down.... Read More


Respiration (in Horses) Through the Ages

September 01, 2010

Experts advise: When it comes to respiratory illness in horses, save the gambling for Vegas. Be aware of the major respiratory diseases that horses are susceptible to (commonly, heaves, Rhodococcus equi, and equine herpesvirus) and use preventive ... Read More


Influenza in Horses

May 01, 2010

Equine influenza is a highly contagious upper-respiratory infection caused by strains of influenza A.... Read More


Equine Upper Airway

May 01, 2010

Understand the structure and function of the equine upper respiratory system to understand horses' breathing.... Read More


Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

April 16, 2010

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses.... Read More


Respiratory Tract Abnormalities and Racehorse Performance

March 27, 2010

Abnormalities in the throats of yearling racehorses will negatively impact the horses' athletic potential, making careful evaluation of these structures an important part of the prepurchase examination.

"Veterinarians routin... Read More


Respiratory Conditions

March 08, 2010

Respiratory topics in horses included influenza outbreak and vaccination boosters at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More


The Equine Respiratory System

February 01, 2010

Even the slightest deviation from normal in the equine respiratory tract can limit a horse's athletic career.... Read More


Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders Evaluated in Detail

October 18, 2009

What do you get when you "scope" 1,005 horses after 230 races, each within 24 minutes of the race, with the cooperation of 97 trainers over 28 race meets? A great deal of valuable data about the equine throat and the impact disorders of the... Read More


Study: Throat Anatomy Differs in DDSP Horses

October 10, 2009

Horses with persistent dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), an important performance-limiting abnormality of the upper respiratory tract, have a different anatomic location of the larynx than horses with only intermittent DDSP, report... Read More


Diagnosing & Managing Upper Respiratory Tract Disorders

October 01, 2009

Vets armed with accurate diagnoses and targeted surgical procedures can help horses with respiratory problems.... Read More


Mine That Bird Recovering from Minor Surgery

August 18, 2009

Following a brief procedure to correct a breathing problem, Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby, departed the Ruffian Equine Medical Center shortly after noon Tuesday Aug. 18 to return to Saratoga and continue preparations for the 140th... Read More


Derby Winner Mine That Bird to Have Surgery

August 17, 2009

Trainer Chip Woolley Mine That Bird will undergo surgery later today for an entrapped epiglottis, but the horse is still pointed toward the Shadwell Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29. Woolley said the surgery would be performed by Patricia... Read More


Your Exercising Horse's Upper Airway

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


Endoscopy During Exercise Without a Treadmill, AAEP 2008

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


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Head Position Can Impact 'Tie-Forward' Assessment

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


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


Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More