Aspiration pneumonia in horses

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Aspiration pneumonia in horses - Vetster

Aspiration pneumonia is a lung infection caused by the inhalation of foreign material or bacteria. The severity of this condition may depend on the amount and what type of bacteria or foreign material has been inhaled. There is an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia in patients who administered liquid medications orally, or horses experiencing choke.

Symptoms of Aspiration pneumonia in horses

  • Fever
  • Irregular fast breathing (tachypnea)
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Malodorous breath

Treatment of aspiration pneumonia in horses

Aspiration pneumonia is a serious, complicated illness and treatment can be long term and intense. Treatment often involves the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics for infection and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and pain. Additionally, other medications to manage respiratory symptoms including bronchodilators, and expectorants may be also given if required.

Medications may have to be given for several months to years and the prognosis can be poor even with aggressive treatment.

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