MSM for Seasonal Breathing Problems??

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MSM for Seasonal Breathing Problems??

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  • Does msm effect breathing
  • Horse only has breathing issues in summer

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    05-12-2011, 04:04 PM
MSM for Seasonal Breathing Problems??

My gelding seems to be breathing harder this spring and the vet felt that it may be mild allergies or a reaction to all the pollen. He is not coughing, just breathing a little heavier. I saw that most of the respiratory supplements at SmartPak are mostly MSM. I have only heard of MSM as a joint supplement. Has anyone used it for breathing problems?
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    05-12-2011, 04:10 PM
I sure haven't, Rather. I've been using it as a joint supplement for my 24 y/o gelding. It doesn't seem to have any affect on his breathing issues, which he also has.
    05-13-2011, 08:35 AM
Speed Racer - I was a little skeptical, because if you look up MSM on its own, it never mentions use for breathing issues. SmartPak does have some supplements that have MSM plus other stuff, but most of it is just straight MSM. I want to trust SmartPak, but my head is saying that it does not ring true.

Do you give your horse anything for the breathing issue?
    05-13-2011, 08:40 AM
Nope, I sure don't. His are due to congestive heart failure, and there's not much a vet can do for him.
    05-13-2011, 08:51 AM
Your right, in this case, I can't handle the truth. I am sorry to hear that it is congestive heart failure. I hope that he is at least comfortable.
    05-13-2011, 08:55 AM
Thank you. I keep a close eye on him at all times. The summer's the worst time for him, because he gets fluid buildup in his legs and the humidity makes his breathing worse.

When he gets to the point where he's completely miserable, I'll let him go. I don't know if it'll be this summer or not, but I know he doesn't have a whole lot of summers left in him.
    05-13-2011, 09:21 AM
Wow! I never heard of MSM to be a "breathing" supplement. Does sound weird to me, but I'm definitely not a vet.

My qh has allergies, I got a long nose mask for her (or you can look into that "nose-only" one). Some people swear by it.
    05-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Kitten_Val. If I put a fly mask or nose net on my boy, his best friend, a very playful arab yearling, would have it off in less then 5 minutes. I think that they have a pact to help each other out of anything we put on them. You should see them trying to take off each others blankets in the winter.

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