The AeroHippus is an equine aerosol chamber designed to help horses with inflamed and recurring respiratory disorders (recurrent airway obstruction) inhale medicated aerosols. This aerosol chamber allows the horse to deeply inhale aerosols that it would not be able to inhale without the chamber due to the abrupt and rapid spray applications of the inhaler.
The AeroHippus houses the aerosol in the chamber where it divides the rough particles that are usually deposited in the animal's mouth and nose from the finer ones that can penetrate deep into the lungs where they are needed.
The AeroHippus mask is a universal mask developed so it can be used on foals and warmbloods.
The AeroHippus is extremely simple to use. Ideally, you will slowly introduce the patient to the application of the mask to the nose. This can be done through conditioning.
Once the dosage aerosol has been inserted into the rear panel of the AeroHippus, gently shake the whole device. Press the inhaler once (the aerosol will now flow into the chamber) and gently pull the AeroHippus mask over one of the animal's nostrils. Ensure that the mask closes completely. The movements of the Flow-Vu indicator (green) show that the animal is breathing. Count the number of breaths and leave the mask on the animal's nostril for 3-5 breaths. Follow the inhalation medicine manual before repeating the process.
No, the aerosol chamber should be rinsed by hand. However, this is quick and simple. Please follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions (included) when doing so.
Generally speaking, dosage aerosols from human medicine can be used with the AeroHippus. However, a vet should decide which medicine to use for which scenario. They can use the manufacturer's dosage recommendations, given in the included PDF, for guidance.
The AeroHippus should never be used without a vet's recommendation or without a prior veterinary examination of the animal!
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