Four Signs of Heaves in Horses

Saturday, August 6, 2016 Lifestyle News J E 4

PINEHURST, N.C., Aug. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Assisi Animal Health designed and developed the Assisi Loop®, which is an effective non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID®) that works as a PEMF therapy for horses. The Loop helps heal wounds and relieve pain in horses, cats, and dogs.

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Assisi Animal Health shares four signs of heaves in horses—also called recurrent airway obstruction— which results in a horse's airway being so obstructed by inflammation, mucous and bronchial muscle contraction, that the horse has difficulty breathing. It is similar to asthma in humans and can be triggered by exposure to hay and bedding, often in poorly ventilated environments. Veterinarians typically diagnose heaves in horses eight years and older if the horse exhibits chromic coughing, breathing difficulties at play and at rest, and exercise intolerance. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:

1.     Labored breathing. When your horse's airway is compromised, your horse must use its abdominal muscles to push air out of its lungs. Its normal breathing muscles just aren't strong enough. If you fear your horse is having trouble breathing, compare its breathing efforts to nearby horses

2.     Coughing. Similar to humans with allergies, your horse will cough when its lung tissues become irritated by allergens. This often will occur at the beginning of exercise, during exercise, or when its stall is cleaned. Sometimes the horse will even wheeze.

3.     Nasal discharge. Your horse's lungs produce mucous because of the allergic response associated with heaves, which will pass down the airway to its nose. If your horse has a thick, cloudy discharge in its nostrils, it may have heaves.

4.     Weight loss. A combination of breathing difficulties and lack of oxygen can cause your horse to lose weight. Look closely at the horse's body to see if skeletal muscles are becoming more prominent.

Assisi Animal Health's clinical solutions complete the Circle of Care® — the collaboration of veterinarians and owners in animal health and healing. Our company helps veterinary professionals and owners improve the quality of life for companion animals using the Assisi Loop, the non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical healing device that is based on the same FDA-cleared technology used on humans. The device uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to reduce pain and swelling, and to enhance recovery.

Media Contact: Kaysie Dannemiller, Assisi Animal Health, 8668307342,

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