Coughing in horses: prevention is better than cure
Your horse may have made strange breathing noises and breathed heavily before. It was not in the best shape and it was coughing. What to do? Just like humans, horses can also develop a cough. A protracted cough can lead to decreased performance or chronic, irreversible lesions in the horse. The causes and the treatment can be completely different. Therefore, it is essential to act early to avoid unnecessary damage to the horse's respiratory tract.
Coughing initially causes discomfort in the horse. In acute phases it can even be that the animal refuses the training. In the long term, acute phases thus alternate with chronic complaints. If left untreated, these symptoms can lead to irreversible consequences for the respiratory tract lead. Distinguish between dry and dry sores in the horse. Mucous cough as well as sinusitis.
At mucous cough are the Airways of the animal mucus. With this mucus the body excretes the pathogens in the case of a viral or bacterial illness, so z. B. at Druse. Mucus can also facilitate the excretion of substances perceived as foreign bodies, if the horse has an allergic reaction.
pollen: Depending on the season
Pollen allergy among the horses on the pasture show symptoms. Dust: A lot of dust is generated in the stall due to straw, shavings or normal riding stable operation.
mold: Depending on the concentrate and feed, mold may occur.
Mucous cough should not be confused with Discharge in which nostrils. This discharge can be serous, mucous, purulent or bloody, but it is not necessarily accompanied by coughing. In case of sinusitis in connection with suppurated teeth, discharge occurs without being associated with coughing.
Dry cough, where no mucus is secreted, is mainly caused by viruses, just like influenza. Allergies are another cause. This cough is more likely to be caused by inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. These include laryngitis and tracheitis. dry cough may precede a mucous cough.
A well-known example of chronic respiratory diseases are Emphysema. It is also called 'Dampness' or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This disease is in most cases caused by allergies, e.g. B. against dust or fungi, causing. It is manifested by chronic phenomena such as dry cough, which sometimes includes mucous can be. The acute phases are called 'Damping crisis' designated.
Prevention to reduce the risk of emphysema and chronic diseases
Thus, a good prophylaxis against these diseases in horses is essential. This is what our experts advise:
– Provide qualitative high quality feed for your horse, d. h. as low as possible in dust and mold. – In the case of stalled horses, pay attention to the quality of the straw. For particularly sensitive horses, the use of dedusted bedding (z. B. shavings) the best solution. – Also make sure that the horse does not have a Ammonia inhaled from the horse urine. Ammonia particularly attacks the Respiratory at. The Bedding is essential to clean or replace regularly. When you desiccant use, avoid the excessive production of ammonia gases.
Inhalers and expectorants to combat coughs and inflammation
At dry cough it is important to fight the inflammation in the affected area of the respiratory tract immediately after the first symptoms. For this purpose you can treat Inhaler use. Thus, highly concentrated active ingredient enters the lungs. At mucous cough use expectorant additives, the removal of the mucus from the respiratory tract.
All these diseases stress the Immune system strong, especially if the originator is an infection. Also make sure to protect and strengthen your horse's immune system as a preventive measure or at the first signs of respiratory problems. To do this, make sure that the ration contains enough vitamins and trace elements. Even with balanced rations, it can pay to supplement here and there.
Very important: always react immediately and proactively. The occurrence, causes and consequences of cough for the horse require an adequate response. The PASKACHEVAL® range includes plant-based dehumidifiers and additives to ensure a balanced ration and strengthen the immune and respiratory systems.