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August 17, 2017

Heaves is a persistent condition that affects the lungs of horses. It is a similar condition to COPD in people. It occurs due to an inflammatory reaction from particles found in the horse's environment. When a horse inhales these particles, the small airways in the horse's lungs narrow and eventually become obstructed. 

How can you tell your horse has heaves?

  • Coughing

  • Labored breathing

  • Increased breathing rate

  • Nasal discharge

  • Flaring the nostrils

  • Exercise intolerance

What should you do?

  • Do have your horse examined by a veterinarian.

  • Depending on the severity of the case, your horse may need certain medical treatments to help ease your horse's breathi...

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