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Practice anniversary: 7 years of horse practice!
Cough – civilization disease no. 1
An understandable insight into equine lung and the problems surrounding coughing in horses from Bohringer:
Source: Bohringer Ingelheim
Every fourth horse in Germany suffers year after year from
a respiratory disease. In more than one in ten horses, the disease is even chronic", informs Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH. Alarming numbers. But they also show the importance of the trend toward more air and light in horse housing,
active stables, paddock boxes and non-dusty riding surfaces is and must become even more prevalent. Because the constant exposure of a horse to the bad air in closed stables is one of the two main causes of chronic respiratory diseases. The other: Acute coughs that are not consistently treated and become chronic via an allergy to dust containing fungal spores or through nonspecific hypersensitivity.
– Cough of varying intensity. Often increased in the morning, at the beginning of work or with additional irritation by dust – respiratory rate increased at rest (normal value of adult horses: eight to 16 breaths per minute) – breathing difficult – exhalation with the help of the abdominal muscles – reduced performance, sweating at low load, rapid fatigue, lack of will to perform, delayed normalization of respiratory rate after load
Typical conspicuous "signs of a cold are usually not available, which does not exactly make it easier to recognize chronic complaints. Nasal discharge z. B. is often not present – if it is, it is viscous and discolored. In addition, the horses are usually free of fever. The veterinarian decides which therapy is appropriate. This depends
depending on the stage and degree of the disease, whether "only the larger bronchial tubes or the lungs are already affected in depth. In most cases, the medications have to be combined and administered over a longer period of time. Aim of the consequent
Treatment: To restore the bronchial cavity necessary for breathing air and thus normalize breathing again. When more oxygen reaches the lungs, the bronchitis patient becomes more efficient and vital again.
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Further diagnostics in the form of endoscopy of the airways if necessary. with collection and analysis of bronchial secretions, as well as a blood gas analysis is usually useful here to prevent chronic damage. Talk to us, we will be happy to advise you.
Vaccination – what is sensible and necessary?
Vaccination protection against influenza virus infection for the tournament sport
current calendar publication according to LPO Stand 1. June 2012 (source FN):
Vaccinations against influenza virus infections are to be carried out as follows and documented by the veterinarian accordingly with stamp and signature in the horse passport as follows:
A) Basic immunization
The basic immunization consists of three vaccinations. For the first two vaccinations, an interval of at least 28 days to a maximum of 70 days must be observed. The third vaccination should be given at an interval of no more than 6 months +21 days after the second vaccination.
B) Repeat vaccination
Repeat vaccinations are to be given at intervals of maximum 6 months +21 days (up to and including 31.12.2012 to be carried out at intervals of 7 months +21 days).
In addition, vaccination against herpes virus infections is recommended. Properly administered tetanus vaccinations are taken for granted. Basic immunization the first two vaccinations have been given. 14 days have passed after the second vaccination.
b) in case of repeat vaccinations and the third vaccination of basic immunization, 7 days have passed after the last vaccination.
c) in case of missing information about the basic vaccination the horse has been vaccinated regularly during the last three years, i.e. at intervals of maximum 6 months +21 days (up to and including 31 days).12.2012 at an interval of 7 months +21 days) was verifiably vaccinated.
Atypical pasture myopathy
Danger for pasture horses! Especially in autumn/winter there are more cases of atypical pasture myopathy, where most of the affected horses die suddenly. Maple seed is suspected as a trigger. Horses kept purely for grazing, in damp pastures, v.a. kept at the edge of the forest should be stalled as a precautionary measure. If you have any questions on this subject, we will be happy to advise you.