asthma

Inflammatory Airway Disease In Horses Caused By Fungi

Inhaling different contaminants like fungi and dust can make it difficult for horses to breath; continued inhalation of molds or dust can even lead a horse to develop what has been dubbed “equine asthma,” a catchall phrase for multiple breathing disorders. Recently, researchers discovered that breathing in certain types of mold can lead to the […]

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Blood Test Can Identify Equine Asthma

Blood biomarkers that may be useful in diagnosing equine asthma have been located by researchers, making a field diagnosis easier. Asthma in horses may appear as exercise intolerance or as nonspecific respiratory signs. To diagnose asthma, a bronchoscope must be passed into the lungs; a small amount of fluid is then placed in the lung […]

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‘Very Common’ Mild Equine Asthma Can Be ‘A Limiting Factor On Performance’

From chariot racing in ancient Rome to the modern Kentucky Derby, horse racing has been celebrated in some form for more than a thousand years. Whether the horses’ hooves were pounding around in a dirt-filled coliseum or a racetrack surrounded by spectators in wide-brimmed hats, they probably had one thing in common: asthma. When just […]

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Hard To Breathe? Dusty Hay Hard On More Than Equine Lungs

Dusty hay can be hard on not just equine lungs, but human lungs as well. Emily Boyce was completing a project for her equine studies class at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, England, that involved studying hay, when she discovered just how dirty working with hay can be. Emily was wearing a face mask […]

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Equine Rhinitis A Virus A Threat To Yearlings

A Canadian study highlights the susceptibility of yearlings to Equine Rhinitis A Virus (ERVA) and the ability of the disease to spread. The study, lead by Dr. Tanya Rossi of the University of Guelph, shows that horses between the ages of 1 and 2 are very susceptible to the virus and that farms should put […]

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Are Bits Responsible For Racing Breakdowns? One Tufts Professor Thinks So

Bob Cook, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, suggests in a recent editorial for HorseTalk that using a bit on a horse can cause behavioral and breathing-related issues. Cook believes breathing issues like collapse of the roof of the windpipe, displacement of the soft palate, obstruction of the […]

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Study Finds Mild Asthma Common In Racehorses

Many Thoroughbred racehorses have mild asthma from inhaling fine airborne particles, according to a recent study. Conducted by Drs. Kathleen Ivester, Laurent Couëtil and George Moore of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, the study was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Inflammatory airway disease, also called equine asthma, is a common reason why racehorses […]

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Horses With Severe Asthma Should Be Kept On Pasture

Properly managed, horses with an asthma syndrome, such as recurrent airway obstruction or heaves, spend little time stalled. Inadequate pasture, severe weather, and inconvenience precludes some owners from keeping asthmatic horses outdoors, putting them at risk of respiratory distress. Stalled horses with severe asthma, including those in remission after treatment with corticosteroids and bronchodilators, have significantly […]

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Eye See You: Omega-3s Can Aid In Equine Eye Health

From cognitive disorders and depression to cardiovascular disease, cancer, immune disorders, asthma, and more, fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids support many body systems. We know horses benefit from fish oil supplementation, and new research* shows that pain stemming from the cornea can also be improved with nutritional supplements containing omega-3s. In the study*, researchers describe a condition called […]

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Breathe Wheezy: Horses May Be Ideal Model To Study Age-Related Asthma In Humans

Horses may be able to be used as a model for studying asthma and its effect in older people, researchers reported in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Severe asthma in horses, known as heaves, recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) or summer-pasture associated obstructive pulmonary disease (SPAOPD), has many similarities to age-related asthma in humans. Aging […]

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