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Horses cough - Find out here how you can support the respiratory health of your horses - Inform and prevent now!

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Horses Cough - How To Prevent Respiratory Diseases In Horses!

Horses cough – many riders know it: When trotting in the riding arena or in the riding hall, your horse coughs up once, twice or even several times. The horse cough is not a disease, but a symptom that usually indicates a disease of the respiratory organs. The lower respiratory tract (trachea, bronchi and lungs) are affected far more frequently than the upper respiratory tract such as the nasal passages, paranasal sinuses and pharynx. The most common causes of respiratory diseases include pathogens such as influenza, herpes, rhino, parainfluenza or adenoviruses, but also various bacteria. Allergies to, for example, mold spores, feed mites or pollen, irritation of the respiratory tract from dust, the finest sand particles or harmful gases, lack of exercise or a combination of different factors can also lead to respiratory problems and horses coughing.

If left untreated, horse cough can quickly progress to chronic bronchitis (also known as COPD, Dampness or Equine Asthma) and irreversible damage to the lungs. Therefore, you should always take horse cough seriously. Other typical symptoms of respiratory diseases in horses are nasal discharge, difficult breathing even when at rest, loss of appetite, fever and reduced performance.

Veterinary treatment for acute or chronic equine cough usually includes expectorants, antispasmodics, anti-inflammatories and, in more severe cases, lung lavages and antibiotics. Here, however, the help of the horse owner is always required. In addition to veterinary treatment, sick horses need optimal husbandry and feeding management.

We also recommend EQUIsolvan® Respir or RespirePlus in times of problems, but also as a preventive measure to support respiratory health.