Equine Inhalators and Nebulisers

Equine Nebulisers / Horse Respiratory Treatment Equipment

In recent years there has been a considerable increase in illnesses of the respiratory tract in horses which more and more frequently reveal chronic changes in the lungs. Reasons for this by veterinary surgeons are , in order of importance:

  1. Feeding with poor quality or mouldy hay and bedding on sub standard straw for long periods of time.
  2. Putting the horse back into work before it has had time to fully recover from the infection.
  3. Influenza vaccinations at irregular intervals. By demanding too much of the horse too early after vaccination, the body does not build up sufficient immune protection.
  4. Transporting the horses to events , leads to repeated infection by other strains of influenza virus that the immunity acquired previously become ineffective .
  5. Horses are exercised too little and are often stabled in inadequately ventilated boxes. The horses are not toughened up due to lack of exercise and changes of air.

Conditions of the respiratory tract can result in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the horse particularly if the external symptoms are unclear and are not taken seriously enough. You may not hear a cough for several days as a lung condition may not be the source of the problem .On the contrary, the horse feels perfectly healthy , as there is no pain conduction system between the lung and the brain.

Drugs administered to treat this condition are not sufficiently successful. Aerosol treatment is the only natural and economical form of treatment.

The Inhalator is once again one step ahead thanks to its decades of experience in this field.

Summarising his experiences with the inhalator as long ago as the veterinary surgeons conference in Hamburg in October 19880.Dr.med vet Helmut Ende said :” with the Kegel Inhalator there is now a safe technically advanced and at the same time an amazingly simple method for applying inhalants to horses.”

Costly scientific tests and the ongoing further development of the Inhalers resulted in the ultrasonic nebuliser the KU- 2000 .This ensures that the drugs are transported into the smallest bronchioles.

The KU - 2000 is particularly effective at atomising drugs, treating the upper and lower respiratory tracts simultaneously.

The Ku -2000 was developed for use with the breathing mask. Provided that there is a good seal on the upper edge, the valve system on the mask means that there is no need for an additional blower on the nebuliser. The adjustable fresh air inlet on the inhalation valve of the breathing mask allows infinitely variable regulation of fresh air to nebulised air intake. This fresh air regulation is of great value in all those cases where horses do not breathe deeply enough for a sufficient uptake of the nebulised substance out of the container.

The horse breathes in the aerosol itself with the aid of the breathing mask. this is the most economical way of taking drugs.

The valve system on the base of the mask prevents the nebulised substance from being exhaled back into the ultrasonic nebuliser.

The KU - 2000 cubicle from its use in practice it has been demonstrated that the effectiveness of the aerosol , produced by ultrasonic nebulising with a high performance instrument, is unmatched by any other system.

Using a gamma camera, photographs of the lungs in horses have been taken in the USA. These have proved that the drugs nebulised with the KU-200 reach the smallest respiratory passages.

Detailed references to the test results were made during a conference of veterinary surgeons at Equitana in Essen.

For the treatment of the upper respiratory tract with Essential oils

Essential oils are inhaled vaporized in hot water. Recommended dose: about 2 teaspoons to 1 litre of hot water time of treatment: about 10 - 15 minutes, if possible twice a day. In threatened stocks not only sick horses should inhale at least once a day but also horses which could fall ill. The use of essential oils improves the natural physiological state of the mucous membranes - to prevent them drying out and to allow the natural defence mechanism of the respiratory tract to play their part. By a better drainage of secretion, infective agents are brought up and spasmodic conditions relax. By using vaporized essential oils help is given in restoring the physiological state of the mucosa. This allows the defence mechanisms of the respiratory tract to come back into play with the production of natural non-viscous mucus, which can be beaten by cilia - leading to the restoration of the respiratory mucosa, permitting more effective gaseous exchange to take place. Mucous plugs are made looser, the bronchi are dilated and a general sedative and anti-phlogistic effect can be noticed. The power of resistance of the organism improves. Even in healthy horses an improvement in performance and decrease in the range of fatigue has been noticed following the use of inhalation prior to exertion.

THE FOLLOWING MIXTURE

made of essential oils has shown promising responses for years now:

  • Peppermint Oil 15%
  • Mountain Pine Oil 20%
  • Eucalyptus Oil 10%
  • Fennel Oil 30%
  • Pine Oil 20%
  • Camomile Oil 5%
  • We produce a “Saunaoil” which corresponds to this composition.

Vaporized medicines for the treatment of the lower respiratory tract

In chronic and allergic conditions, bronchio dilating and expectorant medicines may be administered diluted by a saline-camomile solution by means of the KEGEL-INHALATOR: This can only be effected by means of the “compressor - equipment” or the “ultrasonic-inhalator KU-2000.” Our saline-camomile fluid is a saline solution combined with water-soluble essential oils with a high percentage of camomile, which can be nebulized. To realize the maximum benefits from such treatment and to maintain the improvement, it is essential to improve the environment - principally by ensuring that only moistured hay or haylage is fed.

Animals at risk are especially sensitive to new influenza-infections. Consequently they have to be kept strictly separated from animals with acute cough. By attending to environmental factors and the application of vapour therapy, chronic respiratory symptoms can be drastically reduced, enabling horses to be ridden again and to perform their function for many years.