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  • wendy Original Poster
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    Does anyone have some kind of “miracle cure” to help with COPD. I had to put a nine year old mare down the beginning of the year. It started with COPD then it became a heart issue. The one still living has had this problem over 5 years. I’m using dexamethasone now. Tried some other drugs but nothing worked. I don’t want to have to euthanize another. Any advice. Thank you

    pheets pheets
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    First, my sympathies as well as my empathy to you for your loss. I, too, have experienced loss due to COPD and can still feel the sting. Frankly, it sx.

    You might want to talk to your vet about antihistimines and anti-inflammatouries, such as but not limited to: prednisolone, relative to this condition as the Dex might not be enough by itself. I know it can be pricey, conscientious horse care sure is these days!

    A couple things one can do without a vet is to try to keep the animal’s environment dust-free yet ventilated. Let horse spend more time out than in when weather allows. Rinse your hay (dunk it a few times or run a hose over it for a few minutes) if possible to help take out the soft chaffe and seed that filters thru as they rummage thru it. Dampen grains to limit dust. If allowed and strategically safe, throw a tarp over your horse’s stall do help minimize ceiling dust. You can even spray down your stall if a lot of bedding is involved: water wet is not the same as urine wet. Feed all, ‘specially hay, on the ground in tubs for nasal drainage and proper eating position or at least chest level or lower. Humid or windy days seem to be harder than dry, calm days, ride/work/tend accordingly. Light work, with a vet’s ok, can help to promote air exchange within the lungs, keeps the fluid from building up, so to speak. This does NOT require that your horse be “out of breath” or “puffing”, just using as much capacity as is comfortable, even if it is just a walk around the yard.

    Good luck with this nasty condition, it CAN be managed but to a point. Wish I could help you more.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    wendy Original Poster
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    Thank you!

    TBxQH TBxQH
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    We have a mare at our barn with COPD and it has been a long struggle to keep her comfortable. She is on a very strict regimen of prescribed Chinese herbs and can only eat steamed hay. Look into HayGain steamers, we swear by them. With the herbs and steamed hay she hasn’t had a coughing episode in over a year and no longer needs an inhaler to breath comfortably

    "I thought I knew how to ride, then I took dressage lessons."

    pupsnponies pupsnponies
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    My boy with respiratory issues responded extraordinarily well to a prescription compounded medicine called Hydroxyzine HCL. Nothing else helped much except Dex which I didn’t want to use long term because of the side effects. Most days you wouldn’t now know he has those issues. He’s now 18 and going strong. It also has helped to have lots of ventilation when he’s stalled (can’t stay out 24/7 because he’s a constant food machine!) and identifying a particular allergen to be aware of. His worst is pine so changing his bedding to pellets as apposed to shavings also helped. If we go to an area where pine trees are pollinating, I have to increase his meds and he will start coughing anyway. Wetting his hay when he’s having issues also seems to help and if using a hay bag keeping it low enough so chaff doesn’t fall in his face. (Did try the steaming route.. “Interesting” when it’s below 0.) I hope that helps even a little!

    wendy Original Poster
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    Thank you

    wendy Original Poster
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    Thank you. Just ordered hydroxizine HCL today. Will give a try. Could not afford the hay steamers and wetting a big round bale is not feasible. He is not stalled so no problem there. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    pupsnponies pupsnponies
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    My fingers are crossed for you too! I didn’t find the hay steamers affordable either so I made my own for far less $$ from a plan I found on the internet. Not as efficient I’m sure but it did the deed. A royal PITA though in oh so many ways!

    ally.shy
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    Any updates you can give on how things are going with your horse? I just bought a mare two months ago that ended up having heaves so now I’m trying to figure out what to do. I should have done a vet check but it was bought from someone I knew so I thought I didn’t have to… anyways. How is your horse doing? Did anything work?

    wendy Original Poster
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    I guess my horse is doing a little better. But he just has allergies to the mold on the hay. I notice when I put a new roll out he is wheezing bad then I double dose with the hydroxyine HCL and 5 cc dexamethazone. I think I’ll check out the homemade hay steamers…even though it is a pain in the rear. HA HA Good luck to you

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