Thank you for that. I would add that the whole time she has had this cough, she has never coughed up anything or had any discharge from her nose. At first the vet suggested that she maybe had COPD but I find that hard to believe as she has been competing regularly all the time and never once showed any signs of tiring even after doing a cross country. I should say that her breathing rate at rest is extremely fast though - upwards of 30 per minute. However, she is extremely fit and when hacking we have a canter track of approximately 1 mile, all uphill, and she can cope with that and not be tiring at the top. She is being sent to specialists next week so hopefully we can get some answers then. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated though.
Hi, thank you. The vet said her heart sounded fine so think we can rule our number 4. She isn't making a noise so think we can rule our number 7. She has been like this for almost a year now and seems well in herself so think we can rule our number 2. This leaves us with COPD, Hay Fever, Inflammatory airway disease or a tumour. She has had bloods taken but we haven't heard the results yet. It will be interesting to find out what it is but thank you for your thoughts
She has to be 5 days off the steroids before she goes to the specialist so they have been reducing over the last week. Thank you for your assistance.