How do you recognize respiratory problems in horses and how can you treat your horse? Read everything about it in this blog!
Just like humans and other animals is a healthy respiratory tract very important. We all need plenty of oxygen to function and perform. In addition that horses could have chronic diseases such as equine asthma, and they can also have temporary complaints. These could be complaints such as an infection, but also a temporary irritation in the respiratory tract. How can you recognize respiratory problems in horses and how can you treat them? Please continue to read!
Luchtwegproblemen bij paarden uiten zich, afhankelijk van het paard en van de oorzaak, op allerlei manieren. We hebben een aantal typerende signalen op een rij gezet die kunnen betekenen dat jouw paard last heeft van zijn luchtwegen.
Respiratory problems can be different per horse and the cause of it. We have some typical signals, or symptoms, that means that your horse has respiratory problems.
Respiratory problems in horses can have different causes. The severity of the causes can differ as well. This is why it is very important that when you notice new symptoms or more severe symptoms you consult your vet as soon as possible. What are possible symptoms in horses? We have listed a few below.
In spring everything starts to grow and to blossom. This also means that there is pollen in the air. Horses with pollen allergy could suffer from it. Do you want to know more about pollen allergy in horses? Please read this blog.
Just like humans, can horses get sick due to a virus or bacteria. When they settle in the respiratory tract, then will horses suffer from a respiratory infection.
Respiratory problems can also be a chronic disease. Collective terms can differ but some of them are: equine asthma, COPD, RAO and dampness. Always consult a vet in the case you notice symptoms at an early stage to prevent respiratory problems, to prevent they become chronic.
When it gets colder outside, respiratory problems could arise. The resistance of horses is lower in colder seasons and could cause infections. Horses stay in autumn and winter more time in the stables, which could cause respiratory problems as well.
Besides, that horses have a lowered resistance during autumn and winter, but there are also factors that could play a part during the colder months to cause respiratory problems. An important factor is a change from staying in the meadows to staying full-time in the stables. Most stables aren’t ventilated properly, which means that irritating substances like dust and ammonia could irritate the respiratory tract of the horses. In autumn there is also a major change in the rations. Where fresh grass used to be the main source of food, the roughage changed to hay or silage. Silage could possibly cause respiratory problems. The acidity of the silage is higher and thus it increases the chance of fungi. The lowered resistance, poorly ventilated stables and the change of rations could cause respiratory problems during autumn and winter.
Preventing is better than curing the disease. It isn’t always possible to prevent a disease, but there are various things you could do as a horse owner to prevent respiratory problems.
The most important tip is to reduce substances that could irritate the respiratory tract of your horse. Think about substances such as dust, fungi, and ammonia. A horse that stays a lot in the meadows has more fresh air and suffers thus less from irritating substances. This is of course not possible in every situation. This is why it is very important to follow the next tips.
Finally, there some types of roughage could be dusty such as hay. If you give ‘wetter’ roughage, for example by spraying the hay, then it could prevent respiratory problems.
In addition of making sure that your horse has plenty of fresh air and a healthy stable climate, you can also support your horse from the inside when they suffer from respiratory problems. First of all, is it very important that the immune system of your horse works properly. This is the only way that you can prevent respiratory problems in horses. You can also support your horse by giving them herbs. Below you find a list of herbs to support the respiratory tract.
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