Heavy Breathing...what could cause it?

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  1. Sassy_Frazzle

    Sassy_Frazzle Senior Member

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    I went out to pay attention to my horses today, and when sassy came up to get some attention, she seemed to be breathing heavier than normal. No sweat and no obvious signs of pain.After leading her up to the barn, I took her temp and it came out at 99.8, so I wasn't too worried.

    her vitals and capillary refill seemed normal as well.

    What are some obvious signs a horse is getting heaves??

    What else could this be?

    I have called the vet, but the only way she said she'd know it would be heaves is by coming out to inspect her. We scheduled an appt. for tues.
     






  2. RickB.

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    "Don't be concerned it will not harm you
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  3. mystic_unicorn

    mystic_unicorn Senior Member

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    I think heaves sounds like a possibility, the vet check being the best thing i'm sure..


    While i do not know what could cause it in a horses case..

    Wow, i am sure the title will get a lot of attention.. or is it just me? lol.
     
  4. Sassy_Frazzle

    Sassy_Frazzle Senior Member

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    Lol....
    That's funny, I never thought of the replies it would get until you mentioned it THAT WAY. lol.
     
  5. pantha11

    pantha11 Senior Member+

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    Heaves is normally accompanied with a cough, which the horse has normally been doing for quite a while...prior to the breathing problems that is, they also have an intolerance to exercise...meaning they don't work for very long/hard, before they have trouble breathing.

     

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