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Diagnosing Equine Asthma

Clinical history is critical to diagnosis. The horse with overt heaves, or recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) will have a history of having had a recurrent (hence the name) breathing problem,

Equine Asthma

Heaves, otherwise known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) and inflammatory airway disease (IAD), allergic airway disease, small airway disease and COPD are all diseases that fall under the spectrum of equine asthma.

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)

The bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) allows us to see deep within the horse’s lungs to determine if there is inflammation and if so, what the inflammation looks like.

Lung Function Testing

The job of the lungs is to deliver oxygen to the body and to take the carbon dioxide, which is a product of normal metabolism, away from the body – this is termed lung function.

Internal Medicine Specialties

Tufts Equine Center is one of the few providers in the nation with an expert internist who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, as well as Emergency and Critical Care.