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post #1 of 2 Old 05-23-2014, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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COPD Medication Advice

So, after a couple weeks of no sleep, colics, multiple emergency vet calls, a scoping, and my impending nervous breakdown, it is now known that Star does NOT have ulcers. (This is relevant to the subject at hand)

The vets have said that Star's main issue is her COPD. The medication that was prescribed was Flovent... only problem is that it costs $390 for 10 days supply. Now, I'll do anything for that mare, but (under vet's orders) been buying and giving her Gastroguard for the past couple years; and that stuff wasn't cheap!

There's another medication called Qvar that the pharmacist recommended, and it's a bit cheaper... any advice?

Also, we're considering a hay steamer so that there's less dust... again, any thoughts?
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-23-2014, 03:55 PM
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IMO, the only thing that really helps long term is a change of management. She needs to live outside, period. Hay needs to be inspected to the max, anything that's remotely moldy cannot be fed. Same with bedding, if any. Soaking the hay gets rid of dust and also excess sugars.
Keeping her away from hay storage, barn sweeping/ raking. If stalled, get her out for cleaning.

For crisis, a human inhaler with Dex will work directly at the source, without being too hard on the system, since Cortisone can cause laminitis.
I had a little nose size bucket, with a hole for the inhaler nozzle and a simple strap over the head.
Worked just like the extensive masks
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