Equine asthma is remarkably similar to human asthma. In human asthmatics, allergy avoidance has also proven to be an unsuccessful management strategy, forcing doctors to develop alternate treatment strategies. In two-legged sufferers, a technique called immunotherapy has gained favor.
A vaccine against Sarcocystis neurona, a causative agent for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), has been available since 2000, but its efficacy has been unclear. A recent study reveals researchers might be headed back to the lab.
Given the impact of laminitis on the equine industry, owners and veterinarians are often willing to try novel treatments, including regenerative therapies involving the administration of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma.
“Equine asthma syndrome” is the new term for the spectrum of disorders resulting from chronic airway inflammation. This syndrome includes everything from mild asthma, also called inflammatory airway disease in young horses, to severe asthma, widely referred to as heaves and pasture- or summer-associated airway disease.
Horses maintained primarily outdoors generally have healthier airways and a lower incidence of asthma than those kept predominantly in stables. When faced with stabling, what bedding best minimizes damage to respiratory tissues?
Should I feed omega-3s to my "heavey" pony every day or only when she's having a flare-up?
Inhaled corticosteroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as fluticasone and β2-agonists help horses during asthmatic flare-ups. According to a recent study, not only do these medications help with asthma, they also help reverse the detrimental changes in the actual structure of the airways.
My aged mare has Cushing's and a longstanding problem with loose manure. What can I do for her?
One recent study further explored the benefits of acupuncture for this leading cause of pain and loss of life in horses.
According to a recent study, measuring serum amyloid A values in blood can help diagnose joint infections so early treatment may improve outcomes.
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