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Your Horses Lungs Are Special. Look after them
If your horse shows signs of a respiratory problem call your vet first don't wait to see if things improve, as soon as a diagnosis is given the more liklehood there is of success and to firstly rule out any viruses. The longer the problem is left and untreated more damage to the airways and lungs will result. Once the lungs are damaged that's it, you cannot repair them.
Drugs from your vet can help to suppress the coughing and wheezing and help him live more comfortably but it is your stable management that is important in these cases.
COPD is the most common of respiratory problems and is usually the result in the way we manage are horses, it cannot be cured but it can be managed. It is you the horse owner that is responsible for managing his welfare, the clue is to remove the offending material that is causing it usually the moulds that grow on hay or straw.
The horse doesn't get COPD overnight it is usually the result of years or months of exposure to the offending spores. Or sometimes after a viral infection.
COPD can vary greatly in its severity from showing virtually no signs at all to cases where the horse shows signs of distress as it fights for breath. Some horses wheeze or grunt when they are breathing at rest, these are not equine atheletes but horses with COPD the most common type of equine lung disease.
Here are some management techniques to help you to improve your horses environment and help him to cope with this allergy. These tips are also good as preventative measures too.
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