Top Level Equine Respiratory Health Support Starts With Flexineb®
Most horse people will remember being surprised and concerned when research first revealed just how pervasive equine gastric ulcers were. Turns out, the vast majority of racing, performance, and pleasure horses suffer from some degree of gastric ulceration.
Would you be just as surprised to learn that recent studies show approximately 80 percent of some working and pleasure horses show signs of mild to moderate equine asthma?*
Being the athletes they are, horses have enormous lungs, with an average capacity of about 55 litres of air (nine to ten times larger than human lungs). At rest, they might only breathe about 12 times per minute, but during high-stress exercise their lungs contract and expand up to 140 times per minute, a truly remarkable increase.
Horses and humans share many respiratory health concerns, including allergies and chronic lower airway inflammation, now described by veterinarians under the umbrella term “equine asthma” and further classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
Watching a horse physically heave for air and struggle to breathe is distressing, but some respiratory issues are far more subtle and can present as mildly as a cough or two at the start of exercise. It’s important to remember that horses are obligate nasal breathers — they can only breathe through the nose — so a cough would indicate something is certainly going on and you should contact your veterinarian for advice. Spring and summer pollens can be problematic for some; winter stabling and decreased turnout are an aggravating factor for others.
Whether your horse’s symptoms of respiratory distress are subtle or severe, they can benefit from some respiratory care. Fortunately, Flexineb allows you to work with your veterinarian to manage your horse’s respiratory issues through natural products or medications throughout the year.
“The gold standard of equine respiratory care is wet nebulization,” says Sarah Spooner, international sales and marketing manager for Nortev Ltd., an Irish company which designs and manufactures the Flexineb E3, a silent and portable nebulizer system which comes in three sizes for horses and ponies.
“Wet nebulization has for many years been utilised in the veterinary sector, but has been loud, noisy, and cumbersome requiring cords, hoses and power outlets. Flexineb has revolutionized equine nebulization in a silent, flexible, and portable integrated nebulizer, the Flexineb E3, giving maximum flexibility to both the horse owner and veterinarian to utilise a wide range of medications and possibilities to treat a specific horse’s issues.
The Flexineb E3 converts liquid medications to an aerosol of the correct size for maximum deposition and absorption in the horse’s respiratory tract — 71 percent of the aerosol created is likely to reach the lower respiratory tract** — where it really needs to be.
Nebulization has an important advantage over respiratory medications delivered orally or by intramuscular or intravenous injection (i.e., systemically), Spooner says. “Targeted medication delivery for respiratory health care allows low dose treatment, which is what’s best for the animal in managing a lifelong condition. Like human asthma, the condition needs to be managed long-term and many horses continue to compete internationally very successfully with equine asthma managed by Flexineb.”
While Flexineb E3 is an investment, the advantages are impressive. Completely portable and battery-powered, the Flexineb E3 is free of the hoses, wires, and compressors of earlier models. Utilising leading vibrating mesh technology, it operates silently during use, ensuring maximum patient acceptance. The Flexineb mask is a soft, durable, rubber-like material allowing for complete comfort during the short nebulization process.
Best of all, the Flexineb E3 can deliver a wide range of medications from antibiotics and bronchodilators, to mucolytics, corticosteroids, and natural products. Your veterinarian can prescribe the medications best suited to treat your horse’s particular respiratory issues.
Whether a world-class athlete, or a well-loved pasture companion, your horse can benefit from inhalation therapy with Flexineb.
Contact Sarah Lauren Scott, Sales Manager, Nortev Canada, for information on how to incorporate Flexineb® into your program.
*According to a 2018 study by Kathleen Ivester, Laurent Couetil, and George Moore, published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, “An observational study of environmental exposures, airway cytology and performance in racing Thoroughbreds.”
**Scintigraphy imaging and study carried out at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute by Dr. Nathan Slovis, with particle size testing carried out independently by Melburn Scientific.