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    06-05-2013, 04:10 PM
horse has Heaves where to buy stuff?

Hi all So my horse has been diagnosed with heaves my vet guess before I bought her they gave her an injection or something .I had bought her for my 2 girls to ride this is there horse and I am very upset by the man who lied to my face and knows it was for them.Any how she is mine and we will do everything we can to keep it at bay and hopefully my girls will get a few good years of trail riding with her as she is so easy going and listens great.So vet put her on dexamethasone powder for 5 days every day and every other day for an additional 5 days.Also on Quiex-forte 30 ml 4x a day .So she said we should see improvement in 2 days (fingers crossed) and wet her hay .The question is other with horses that have heaves when she does get a flare up again where do you buy your products or do I have to go through the vet again?Also I have heard of some giving a syrup daily to help the breathing anyone do and what is it called.

*Also what color would you say she is?The quarter horse
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    06-05-2013, 04:21 PM
A couple ladies around here recommend Omega Alpha Respi Free (from pleasant ridge saddlery), one vet office carries Zev it's made by buckley's and seems to help, another supplement is Pro Line Airwaves (which is expensive but suppose to be awesome daily supplement).

All of the above can be bought at greenhawk, pleasant ridge saddlery online, as I see your in Canada too.

High recommendation to have Dex on hand if their is a flare ups, I found it worked within 5 or 6 hours.

Respi Free is used with a syringe, and given when ever needed. Zev I believe is the same, and Airwaves is daily supplement.
    06-05-2013, 04:41 PM
There is no cure for heaves. Dec etc should be used with caution, it can cause laminitis, and you don't want that on top of the heaves.
Management is the key to keep her symptom-free. She needs to live outside. Pasture is best. Hay and any bedding used in run- in shed needs to be absolutely dust- and mold free. Hay must be offered outdoors, if it's really clean hay, a slowfeeder haynet could work. Any dust, and washing the hay is a must. Hardfeed needs to be wet also. Please don't think just because she has no symptoms she can handle dusty hay. It WILL cause another flare up.
Heaves is the horse equivalent of asthma and emphysema.
How do I know? I've had two horses with heaves.
I used to get broncho-dilaters and cortisone for people, to inhale. There are masks available for horses for inhalation. Expensive! I used a small bucket, just big enough for the nose to fit in, cut a hole the size of the little inhaler and sealed the top with a towel wrapped around. 4 spritzes in every nostril morning and night.
This way the cortisone goes straight where it's needed, causes much less harm( my mare had foundered).
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    06-05-2013, 04:44 PM
Can Dex be bought online or only from vet? I want to make sure I have this on hand
    06-05-2013, 04:48 PM
Yes she is out side (I am not thrilled about this for winter haven't figured out what I need to do for her then as it gets to -40 here.i will build a 3 sided shelter but not sure if she needs a coat or something?Are hay is sqaure bails and very nice but either way it will be soaked I am home all day so what ever needs to be done will be.
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    06-05-2013, 04:59 PM
I think you can only get from a vet, I use to have it on hand in a small tube, when the horse had a flare I would give two small scoops (came with the container) soon as possible than 1 scoop 12 hours later. Than none, only for flare ups, supplement for treatment other times. A small tube cost me under $20 and lasted through five or six flare ups.

Yes dex is suppose to be a possible cause of foundering, but if your horse is low risk in the first place, I wouldn't worry about it. I know four or five horses with terrible heaves that were on it pretty much daily and never foundered. Mind you most were switched to other supplements which seemed to control it well enough to live normal lives.
    06-05-2013, 05:26 PM
I've seen lots of horses doing fine for several years with a yearly cortisone shot. Others needed it more and more, arrived at once a week and it wouldn't do anything.
The founder risk was an issue with my mare, that's why I had to find the least " dangerous" way to give her cortisone. Maintaining the horse at a healthy weight and avoiding founder triggers like sweetfeed would be a good idea in general anyway.
Winter outside...there are blankets. Lots and lots of blankets. Having hay available all the time keeps them warm too. Plus, they grow winter coats.
I think the biggest problem will be wet hay in winter. It will freeze. That's when the slowfeeder nets come into the game.

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