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Respiratory problems in your horse - not a good wheeze! Owner Factsheet

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.

Image: Nose: flared nostrils at rest indicating increased respiratory effort
©Prof Derek Knottenbelt

What is meant by 'respiratory tract'?

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What are the main causes of respiratory disease in horses?

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What are the signs of respiratory disease in my horse?

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