Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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  • Exercise in cold weather often aggravates the problem and should be avoided.

    Drug Strategies

    These are intended to promote airway function. As a rule, without resort to some improvement in management, the drug strategies are rather ineffective. However, with the exception of the most severely affected horses, the use of drugs is not usually needed.

    Drug strategies include the use of the following categories of drugs:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Antibiotics
  • Immunological modulators

    It is currently recommended that bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory agents (usually steroids) should be administered via inhalation.

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