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Respiratory problems in your horse - not a good wheeze!

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Respiratory problems in your horse - not a good wheeze!

Horses and ponies can be susceptible to a number of conditions that affect the respiratory tract. The causes of these can be very varied - from infections and allergies to anatomical defects. The seriousness of the conditions also varies: some conditions will resolve without veterinary treatment, but others are life-threatening. Many respiratory conditions lead to coughing, others result in a nasal discharge from the nose or abnormal respiratory noise. If there is any change in your horse's breathing it is always advisable to contact your vet.

Flared nostrils at rest indicates a respiratory problem
©Prof Derek Knottenbelt

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