Respiratory Distress

Respiratory Distress is Difficulty or the Inability to be able to Breathe.

SignsPicture36

  • Stridor or Stirdor (respiratory noise)
  • Outstretched head and neck
  • Nostril Flare
  • Anxiety / Panic (pawing, pacing)

 

 

Causes

  • Upper Respiratory

    • Trauma
    • Arytenoid Paralysis
    • Arytenoid Chondrosis

  • Lower Respiratory

    • Heaves
    • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)

What You Can Do

  • Call Veterinarian IMMEDIATELY
  • Try to keep your horse calm
  • Limit activity
  • Stay Safe

    • Air hungry Horses can Panic and Thrash

What the Vet Will Do

  • Emergency Temporary Tracheotomy
  • Determine where the obstruction is

    • upper respiratory
    • lower respiratory

  • Treatment

    • Anit-inflammatories
    • Bronchodilators

 

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