When A Cough Is More Than Just A Cough

Though people can cough to simply clear their throats, horses cannot do the same: A coughing horse is an indication that something is not right; the horse may be afflicted with equine asthma. Equine internal medicine veterinarian Dr. Surita du Preez and researchers from the University of Adelaide created a study to help determine the […]

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New Inhaler For Equine Asthma To Be Released

Horses with breathing issues, including asthma, have had limited options when it comes to treatment; sometimes even management changes are not enough to keep a horse healthy and breathing easily. Boehringer Ingelheim is launching a new inhaler for horses later this year in their European markets. Called the Aservo EquiHaler, it’s the first approved inhalant […]

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Study Suggests Connection Between Equine Asthma And Latex Rubber Surfaces

A new study has shown that equine asthma may have an unlikely trigger: Natural latex rubber, which is found in artificial surfaces on racetracks and riding arenas. The study, completed by the Royal Agricultural University and the University of Nottingham in Britain, used advanced computing power to assess what more than 400 potential allergens did […]

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How Bad Are Breathing Conditions In Barns?

Barns are innately dusty places: sifting through sawdust, decobwebbing barn aisles and throwing hay from a hayloft all stir up loads of particulates that can be inhaled—by both horses and humans. Though it’s understood that mold, dust and allergens in bedding and hay can lead to inflammatory airway disease and heaves in horses, few people […]

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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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