Upper airway diseases and laryngeal disorders will prevent your horse from performing at its best. Anomalies are revealed by performing an endoscopy. If there are any, we will inform you whether the disturbance can be operated upon or not. We are very experienced in the field of upper airway surgeries such as: Tie Back (cornage), Tie Forward (dorsal displacement of the soft palate), entrapment of the epiglottis.
Lower respiratory disorders or diseases of the lungs can be subdivided into infections (mainly in young animals) and allergic conditions. In order to conduct a complete and thorough examination of the lower respiratory system, we execute an endoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage.
Dynamic Respiratory Scope (DRS): a check-up during exercise
In order to make a precise diagnosis of equine upper respiratory tract disorders, the horse should be examined while exercising, as such disorders often have a dynamic character. Until recently this was done with the assistance of a treadmill. However, Dynamic Respiratory Scope (DRS) enables an endoscopic examination of the throat and larynx while the horse is working in its natural exercise environment.
Dierenkliniek Wolvega introduced the first Dynamic Respiratory Scope (DRS) in the Netherlands. Since this introduction, we have been able to conduct a large number of examinations on Dutch Warmbloods and racing horses. With the help of DRS, we can diagnose most of the problems, such as cornage, displacements of the soft palate and a collapse of the throat. If you are training horses with rather poor athletic performance in order to get them back in shape, it is vital to be sure that the throat and larynx are in good condition. DRS can help you get that certainty.
DRS-technology can answer questions which were unanswered until recently. Thanks to development in technology, the boundaries and markers of equine medicine are being stretched. This opens up a whole new range of questions that need to be studied in order to progress in the field of horse performance.
However, one thing is certain. DRS is an indispensable new technique, which must be incorporated into (standard) examinations for horses that suffer from poor athletic performance or that make gurgling sounds while physically active.
Some horses make gurgling sounds while physically active. It is then important to understand which sounds have a negative impact on your horse’s athletic performance and which don’t. With the DRS technology, the upper respiratory system of a horse can be investigated while it is active.