“Every cough means something,” says Steve Grubbs, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Technical Services Veterinarian, Boehringer Ingelheim. “Horses can breathe in nearly 4.6 million dust particles in a single breath, so they are continuously being exposed to the potential of respiratory illness.”
To help veterinarians and veterinary technicians evaluate horses’ respiratory health, Boehringer Ingelheim developed a comprehensive Equine Respiratory Survey for use during equine wellness visits.
The survey includes detailed questions about existing respiratory signs, horse health history, fitness and performance and environmental management to help horse owners have a dialogue with their veterinary professionals.
“Once you know what you’re looking for, the signs of severe equine asthma can be easy to detect,” says Dr. Grubbs. “By going through the survey, a horse owner and veterinary professional can be assured they are communicating accurately and evaluating potentially important information to determine if further action is required.”
Horse owners can expect to hear questions like the following:
Do you ever think your horse has nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, trouble breathing during the spring and summer months?
Does your horse cough at rest? When eating? At the start of exercise? Throughout exercise? If you lightly squeeze the trachea?
Does your horse have trouble recovering after exercise or cooling down? Has your horse had a respiratory infection in the past?
Has your horse had throat surgery?
What percentage of the day does your horse live outdoors? In a stall?
Do you or have you used a nebulizer or inhaler (with spacer) for your horse?
These sample questions are just a few of those included in the new Equine Respiratory Survey. To access the complete survey, visit https://docs.boehringer-ingelheim.com/ASERVO-Checklist.pdf.
About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock.
As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of the family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the U.S. From a start in St. Joseph, Missouri, more than 100 years ago, it has grown to encompass seven sites. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s portfolio contains widely used and well-respected vaccines, parasite control products and therapeutics for pets, horses and livestock including NexGard®, Heartgard®, Pyramid® + Presponse®, VAXXITEK®, Ingelvac CircoFLEX® and Prascend®. Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA at bi-animalhealth.com.
Aservo® and EquiHaler® are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, used under license. ©2023 Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. US-EQU-0076-2023-C
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ASERVO EQUIHALER has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating mares. In a large clinical field study, the most common adverse reactions reported were coughing, nasal discharge, sneezing and nasal irritation/bleeding. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.