Upper Airway Problems

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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

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Influenza in Horses

May 01, 2010

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

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Equine Upper Airway

May 01, 2010

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

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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

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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.

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Respiratory Conditions

March 08, 2010

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Ultrasonography for Laryngeal Evaluation

October 22, 2006

Endoscopy is the current diagnostic method of choice for evaluating the equine upper airway. However, veterinarians at Cornell University for the first time have described ultrasound techniques for evaluating the equine larynx, and they say the... Read More

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Diagnosis of Upper Airway Disorders at Rest Alone Is Unreliable

October 16, 2006

United Kingdom researchers recently reported that endoscopic examinations of upper airway obstructions in horses at rest and without the use of a treadmill can be unreliable and should not be used alone to diagnose conditions and determine... Read More

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

October 12, 2006

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that... Read More

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Respiratory Recordings

October 05, 2006

A new device can record respiratory sounds when horses exercise in a normal environment.... 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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Veterinary Education Abroad

June 01, 2006

Owning horses is, by default, continuing education. Veterinarians are required to receive a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain their licenses. Many practitioners take training above and beyond what is required by law simply... Read More