COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


COPD in horses can be likened to asthma or hayfever or allergies in humans.

COPD is most often seen in mature horses (usually seven and older) that are stabled during the winter months. It is rarely apparent in warm, dry climates where horses are kept outside all year.

The most significant management factors involve the horse's environment. Turn the horse out as often as possible.

Reduce dust in the stable by removing bedding such as straw or shavings. Instead, use shredded paper or rubber matting.

Keep hay away from your horse as much as possible, and ensure that any hay in the vicinity is kept dry.

1. Provide a feed that is low in dust such as pellets and alfalfa cubes. Grass silage (haylage) is no longer recommended due to the risk of botulism.
2. Remove your horse out of the stable when you are mucking out, to reduce exposure to dust.
3. Ensure that there is good, draught free ventilation through the stable. Keep doors open at all times and ensure that there are large windows that can be kept open. It is better to keep your horse warm by giving him more rugs, than by closing off his ventilation.
4. Stick with your management routine to minimize exposure to allergens. Few horse owners stick with a plan for the long-term, making recurrence of symptoms likely.

Treatment Recommendations:
Herbal treatment will strengthen the lungs, reduce sensitivity to allergens and rid the body of any secondary infections.
1. The Allergic Rhinitis Mix nourishes and settles the respiratory immune system, reducing symptoms and oversensitivity.
2. Chest and Immunity Tonic; To treat all types of coughs and respiratory infections.
It stimulates the chest muscles and the mucous membranes of the lungs and bronchials, to clear residues and infections, while also building up resistance and cleaning the blood.

I also recommend adding the following supplements to your horses:
1. Chamomile tea; Dose a handful of the flowers to 1 litre of boiling water. Steep, cool and add half to feed am and half pm.
2. Crushed white millet and Linseed, (1 cup of each) halved and added to feed am and pm.

A few horses will experience a slight increase in symptoms at the 2-3 week mark, as the herbs start to repair the problem, but this will resolve within the week.

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