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Equine Inhalation Mask

Since horses commonly suffer from illnesses of the upper respiratory tract, an effec-tive inhalation therapy can help avert financial losses for race/sports horse owners. The equine inhalation apparatus that are currently available all contain probes that have to be fed into the animal?s nose. During the administration of the medicaments, the inlet pipe as well as the horses head must stay in a fixed position. In addition, the apparatus that are currently available cause irregular and loud noises. Horses gener-ally find all of these factors unpleasant and disturbing, and cannot accustom themselves to the procedures, becoming anxious and defensive in their behaviour: the horses stop breathing properly, resulting in the medicaments insufficiently or not at all reaching the lungs. Moreover, when the horse exhales, very often the medicaments enter into the inhaled air of the person tending to the horse.

This new inhalation mask completely solves the problem of administering pharmaceutical substances into horse?s lungs: it works without valves and is, thus, noiseless. The inhalation substance is integrated into the mask, eliminating the need for an inlet pipe. The horse?s breathing controls the inhalation process. Gaskets prevent the me-dicaments from filtering into the surrounding air.

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