Itching, scratching, coughing, red eyes, hair loss and oozing skin bumps….all related to allergic conditions in the horse and a common occurrence. Current approaches to therapy are often complex and unrewarding, leading to the allergic condition often becoming worse with every passing year, fluctuating from season to season. All of these clinical signs are evidence of a deeper seated problem in the patient, and through a better understanding, we can take a different approach which often yields better management. As with most issues though, in regards to chronic disease, we have to see the root, the cause, and not so much focus on the clinical signs that are present.
The equine athlete and non-athlete are often plagued with coughing, which can inhibit quality of life and reduce performance. Coughing can be sporadic, changing in intensity as the environment changes or it can be continuous, becoming worse or more prominent at the time of exertion as seen during competition. Some coughs even get worse with certain seasons, becoming progressive over time. So, what makes them cough and what can we do about it?
An Observational Study of a Proprietary Herbal Formula in Controlling the Clinical Signs of COPD and Allergies in Equine Patients
Tom Schell, D.V.M, DABVP, CVCH
Skin allergies and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are two common clinical problems affecting horses, especially in the eastern and southern portions of the United States.