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.
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.
Concerned your horse may have symptoms of aspiration pneumonia? Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinary professionals today at https://vetster.com/ for advice and to learn more about your pet’s wellness.
Carpitis is inflammation of the soft connective tissues on the surface of the bones of the carpus of a horse. The horse carpus is the equivalent of the human knee joint. This inflammation can involve the fibrous joint capsule, synovial membrane, and associated ligaments and bones of the carpus.
Health concern with your pet?
Start a video chat with a licensed veterinary professional right now on Vetster!