Anyone have experience with COPD?
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:29 AM
We have a 22 year old mare with COPD and she usally has a flare up about once a year! We treat her with Dexamethasone liquid! She get 2cc twice a day for 5 days and then 1cc once a day for 5 days! We draw it up in a syringe and squirt in her mouth. Very easy to give orally rather than a shot. We have also used Ventipulmin (sp) in the past!
I also have a lot of experience with copd or heaves, both big and small horses. The dex helps a lot but like another person mentioned, you have to watch for founder. As long as you ween off and don't overdose it's usually fine. I would put mine on feed, but squirting in the mouth assures it gets in. The venti syrup is really expensive and i have never had any luck with that. There's also pills you can use but I would have to go to the barn for the name. Whatever you do, just make sure if you see symptoms you treat quickly. I had one horse get pneumonia due to my employees not paying attention. We treat by enviroment first (i.e. dust, cooling off with fans, clipping heavy coats, etc) then go to dex and that usually gets it gone. Does you vet think it's due to spring weather or dust? There are two different treatment protocols for either. Hope that helps!
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:55 AM
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I wouldn't say he is real bad but if he can't do it then he just can't do it. He's already a proven show horse and had a few years off but wanted to bring him back out this year. I'll use the paper shavings for him if I do end up showing him. I've wetted his hay but he's not too thrilled by it. Would you absoutely soak it or just wet it down? He's not getting fed any grain but if he did it would also be soaked. Last year I had to deal with choking issues with him and he did get scoped and the vet couldn't find anything wrong, so now he is on a all hay diet and was perfectly fine with that and he had a lil bit of grain thru the winter and I gave that to him in a mash.
The vet didn't mention about restricting exercise and of course I know not to over do it. But like happy appy said for example I have asthma and I know my allergies are killing me right now but if I wasn't exercising I would be feeling real bad and get worn out just walking, but now training horses sure at first it was hard to get back into the routine but now I feel a lot better. The other horses were feeling the same way just being real lazy but they were just starting back into training but they are back to almost their normal selves but he isn't. He's loosing the necessary weight but not the stamina because of this issue. He is having a couple of days of rest and see if he is improving or not, because you can't notice anything wrong until he's actually working.
Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:09 PM