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    03-21-2012, 10:12 AM
Green Broke
Well that's good news that he now has an official diagnosis. I was just throwing that dust thing out there as there's a pony in with my mare who has a terrible sensitivity to dust even though it's usually pretty wet through the winter it still has to be watched.

Hopefully he gets better soon.
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    03-21-2012, 10:22 AM
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Thanks. We're really hoping for it, too. He's such a great horse and it would be fantastic if he became healthy again.
    03-21-2012, 10:43 AM
WOAH.. I got it right

I don't know if you get it, but we used Ventopulmin on our horses, its a gel thing you put in their feed.. I'll ask the lady at my yard what she used too, to give you some idea re cost and what to look for and how long etc if you like!
    03-21-2012, 10:49 AM
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We have Ventopulmin, but it is terribly expensive here and, after all the vet checks, the owner is out of money, so for now it is left as an option, but not yet in active use.
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    03-28-2012, 06:22 AM
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An update. Radis was taken off oats and started on different kind of feed that is softer, and as for now, he has almost stopped coughing. It seems that his teeth might really be a part of the problem - without being able to chew the oats normally, they got stuck in his teeth and then in his airways, causing him to cough. A dentist is soon to visit him.
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    04-07-2012, 03:45 PM
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Another update and good news this time. The vet admitted at last that Radis should be treated for his allergic reactions, not just the symptoms of COPD and changed his medicine to antihistamines. Also, fitoterapeuthic/herbal medicine is being given to cleanse his liver. He hasn't coughed almost at all (he had started to again after switching off the oats) for several days now, breathing is normal. We are hoping for the best now. And his teeth will be floated this monday.
    04-07-2012, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
That's very good news. So glad the vet was able to figure it out and get everything under control. Hoping he only gets better. I can't remember if you mentioned what he was allergic to?
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    04-07-2012, 03:56 PM
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I didn't mention, but it isn't quite clear, actually. He is exposed to hay dust, so it might be this, but a chiropractor diagnosed that Radis has been under great stress lately (true - he is very introverted and only recently started opening up and learning to be a horse after a year at our place. Before that he was not allowed to be himself by his previous rider and "shut himself out" ) and, because of that, his immune and nervous systems have crashed, making him more vulnerable to common irritants.
    04-07-2012, 04:10 PM
Green Broke
Well I can certainly see where the horse is coming from. Allergies are horrible. I suffer from the most common mold allergy so that means I'm allergic to all dirt and basically everything outside. So it's very possible he's allergic to something like that that you can't get away from. He might still have bad days but with proper medication hopefully he can be a happy horse again. And make some friends to play with. It's always a relief when we can make our animals happy and healthy.
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    04-07-2012, 04:15 PM
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He is certainly becoming happier and he is making friends, learning to play and all this stuff. Psychologically, he is doing better with every day. :)

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