A little video from Dr David Marlin on why horses shouldn’t cough and what it could be!
A cough, in one form or another, is something we hear a lot. Whether it’s us, a family member, our horse, our cat, a dog. We all recognise a cough. And during COVID, anyone coughing gets a very wide berth. But what is a cough and what’s its function?
At the most basic level, coughing is a reflex that occurs when the air passage (airways) are irritated. Cough is a natural defence mechanism to help clear the air passages of mucus and virus and or bacteria or dust or allergens such as mould spores or pollen or irritants such as smoke or pollutants. Certain drugs can also initiate coughing, including ACE inhibitors, which is the most common, but also beta blockers, NSAIDS and aspirin.