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Equine asthma Owner Factsheet

Equine asthma is a relatively new term used for the condition also commonly known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heaves or broken wind. It's a common chronic respiratory disorder seen in horses and ponies. In less severe cases the problem may go undetected, but may worsen over time if not treated. If exacerbated by high exposure to moulds or dust it may present acutely as respiratory distress.

Image: Respiratory: Flexineb nebulizer in use
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What causes RAO?

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What signs should I look out for?

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What should I do if I think my horse has RAO?

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How can asthma be treated?

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