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Southern Pines, NC


Foundation Equine Clinic is an equine exclusive veterinary practice serving Southern Pines, NC, Aberdeen NC, Pinehurst NC, Raeford NC, Vass NC, Sanford NC and surrounding areas. The practice is dedicated to preventive care and dentistry, and values all types of horses and their owners. If you are looking for a horse vet or equine dentist in the sandhills of NC, please give us a call! 




Respiratory Disease

Horses suffer from a variety of infectious and inflammatory respiratory disorders. Infectious causes, like bacterial pneumonia, can be life-threatening if not quickly diagnosed and treated appropriately. Inflammatory conditions such as Recurrent Airway Obstruction ("Heaves") and Inflammatory Airway Disease are performance-limiting disorders that require appropriate treatment or management to allow the horse to return to function. In addition to these common disorders, there are many more conditions of both the upper and lower airway that produce coughing, exercise intolerance, heavy breathing, nasal discharge and other clinical signs. Through combinations of historical information, environmental analysis, clinical signs, physical exam findings, and laboratory testing, we can help determine the source of a respiratory problem and recommend appropriate treatment.

Why Foundation Equine?

Dr. Kivett has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease in horses. Different kinds of airway sampling can be quickly and easily performed on your farm, including broncho-alveolar lavage and trans-tracheal wash. Results of these tests are best interpreted by a veterinarian with experience in respiratory case management, and many new treatments for these conditions are now available. Dr. Kivett keeps up-to-date with the latest recommendations to best ensure a horse's return to athletic use.