Upper Airway Problems


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


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


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


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


Respiratory Recordings

October 05, 2006

A new device can record respiratory sounds when horses exercise in a normal environment.... Read More


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


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


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


Storm Cat Career Development Award

April 10, 2006

The first Storm Cat Career Development Award has been presented to Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, of Cornell University. The $15,000 grant is designed to give an early boost to an individual considering a career in equine research and is funded by a... Read More


New Treatment for Tracheal Collapse

March 01, 2006

Two years later, Magnificent, a miniature horse, continues to do well with his intratracheal stent--the first ever implanted in a horse.

Magnificent suffered from tracheal collapse, an uncommon--and probably underreported--condition in... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

A racehorse running at top speed breathes about 120 times per minute, moving about 12-15 liters of air per breath or 1,400-1,800 liters per minute. With this amount of airflow, it's not hard to imagine that any amount of airway inflammation can... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: Upper Airway Obstructive Disease

February 17, 2006

"Before high-speed treadmill (HSTM) endoscopy, we did not recognize the complexity of maintaining a open airway under enormous pressure swings during inspiration and expiration (breathing in and out)," said Eric Parente, DVM, associate professor... Read More


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


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


Advanced Procedure For DDSP

October 21, 2005

A new surgical procedure known as the laryngeal tie-forward might provide a more reliable treatment for dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), the most common airway obstruction affecting performance horses. Current surgical procedures... Read More


Dangerous Strangles

October 01, 2005

Strangles, the upper respiratory disease in horses caused by Streptococcus equi, has a low mortality rate (2.6%), but it is highly contagious and spreads rapidly. Complications can occur in as many as 20% of cases. One such complication... Read More


Noble Causeway to Undergo Surgery for Entrapped Epiglottis

May 23, 2005

Nick Zito's run of bad luck in this year's Triple Crown continued Monday when it was discovered My Meadowview Farm's Noble Causeway had entrapped his epiglottis in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will undergo a myectomy to correct the... Read More


DDSP Diagnosis: Study Boosts Confidence in Sound Analysis

March 10, 2005

Vibrations of the soft palate are the probable source of expiratory sounds recorded in horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), says Jeremy Burn, BEng, PhD, lecturer in equine science in the department of anatomy at the... Read More