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CharParsley620

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Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

 Vet came out today as he and my friends other pony needed flu/tet jabs. My mum or I couldn't be there so asked my friend to ask some questions for me. Basically, Parsley's breathing is a little to shallow (should be slightly deeper longer breaths) and his airways are  'obstructed' causing him to cough (sometimes quite badly). -.-

Nothing majorly serious but to (hopefully) clear it up, we've been giving Ventipulmin granules for him to have for about 2 weeks and he must must must be ridden regularly to keep everything moving. So I guess we'll see how it goes.

Does anyone have any/know of anyone who has had experience with this?

STRESSFULL. Was meant to be saving up for some new boots but all that money will go on his new medication. *sighs* I hope this works and clears it up! :(

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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3MoodyMaresMum

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Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

ZZ has COPD and some years is on Ventipulmin all year, other times she can cope without it for months at a time - she has soaked hay and shavings for her bed but with the lami spends a lot of time in so not ideal.

Welshie did have full blown proper hayfever, she was so bad 4 years ago I had decided in the winter not to put her through another Spring/Summer as nothing helped and she was soooooo distressed.  Obviously she is still here!  I decided to try feeding Alfalfa Herb and Rosehip Shells and increase her magnesium - with the high levels of vit C in the alfalfa and Rosehips she breezed through the Spring and the Summer and has had not problems since.

Anya - hmmm she has on and off had upper airway problems and for times when she is not too good she has an inhaler - hers is more a nasal discharge, billions of tests and all inconclusive.  She's not used the inhaler for about a year.

Obviously out as much as possible, damp feed, soaked hay, all the normal!

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

Sorry to hear about Parsley's breathing probs.  My companion (unridden) cob, who I've had for seven years, came with COPD.  I never noticed anything untoward until last spring.  I've always been very careful with hay, etc and he lives out.  But last spring he started wheezing (if you put your ear to his nostril it sounded sort of rattley) and if you watched his stomach area he is a bit puffy.  I started with the ventipulmin granules which didn't do much, and then after vet inspection we used the human inhalers - ventolin to dilate the airways followed with clenil modulite inhaler which is a preventer.  Coz he was quite bad the vet said the most effective thing is to get the necessary stuff straight into his lungs.  He's now on just the clenil modulite inhaler which as a preventer helps him stopping getting bad in the first place.  He's still rattley and puffy and tbh I think he always will be, unless his body decides otherwise someday.  He doesn't seem too bothered by it, looks the picture of health and quite happily gallops across the field.

 

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

Char, if he's not too bad and herbal supplements will do, echinacea, or something with echinacea, would be good, as it helps clear the airways and is also good at boosting the immune system.

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CharParsley620

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Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..UPDATED

 He's had the ventipulium (sp?) since yesterday night and this afternoon I rode him. 25 minutes of walk, couple of minutes of trot and three really nice canters. Popped a couple of logs.. came back  went into the paddock to quickly do some work at a trot.

He did not cough or 'pant' once!?!? According to the vet - noise he SHOULD be making ..a pretty deep breath, not shallow or panting. 

He breathed properly! As in, he'd just worked..and he wasn't puffing in/out/in/out really quick..

Which is excellent news.

Fingers crossed but you never ever know. The cough could be back tomorrow, who knows..

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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sallyprice

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sallyprice says:

Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

My loan lead rein pony Merry was coughing loads when I got him and his ribs looked odd. My daughter was finding it really hard to ride him as he kept pulling the reins out of her hands when he coughed. I called the vet out who immediately diagnosed reactive airway obstruction (horsey asthma). She started him on ventipulmin and suggested soaking hay, living out, avoiding straw etc.

She felt that he had had the problem for a long time as it was quite bad and thought that he might take quite a while to improve. She also said that people who don't follow the wet hay/feed and no straw rules are more likely to end up with horses on ventipulmin long term. It's so expensive I was really worried and immediately went to 24/7 live out and stopped his hay entirely and will soak it well if he needs a net when we go out.

Merry is loads better after 3 weeks and has completely stopped coughing. We are now weaning the ventipulmin off and it looks good so far.

I hope it works as well for you. Good luck x

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: Oh dear, I have an asthmatic horse..

poor parsley, Spag gets a bit of a cough which ive had ventapulmin for as he'll be suceptable to gettin COPD as his mum had it really badly, she couldnt be in a stable at all for more than a few hours =/ our vet also suggested the inhalers and he has antihistamine tabets in summer

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