Heaves in Horses


RAO, or heaves, is a chronic disease that will require a life-long change in the management of the horse. The earlier that heaves is recognized and diagnosed, and the more rigorously the horse’s environment is changed as to avoid recurring episodes of heaves attacks, the better the outcome and usefulness of that horse will be.

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