The Lung Function Laboratory is the center for respiratory evaluation in the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts. The laboratory is at the forefront of understanding, diagnosing and treating athletic horses with inflammatory airway disease (IAD).
Horses naturally have an enormous respiratory reserve. Unless a horse is working at peak aerobic capacity, it is unlikely that he will ever even begin to tap his reserves. This helps to make the horse an intrinsically elite athlete, but it also means that it can harbor subclinical (silent) respiratory disease without anyone noticing—until it causes signs like a disturbing cough and exercise intolerance.
The Cummings Veterinary Medical Center's Lung Function Laboratory was the first center in the United States to develop routine lung function testing in clinical patients, and the center has since gone on to test hundreds of patients. The laboratory is open to horses and other species with respiratory problems—from backyard companions to elite athletes. A complete respiratory work-up is affordable and can be done in a single morning or afternoon.
As part of the Hospital for Large Animals' respiratory package, patients will have a comprehensive physical examination, a test of lung function, an examination of the type of cells that inhabit their lower airways, and a detailed treatment plan.