Lasix is beneficial and necessary in the therapeutic treatment of race horses to help prevent them from bleeding into their lungs when fully extended in exercise. Watch Dr. Mark Dedomenico explain why Lasix is not only beneficial, but is necessary as a therapeutic medication. Watch this informative fourteen minute video that will enable you to better understand the physiology of the horse and how Lasix works.
The incidence of bleeding increases with speed, distance, cold weather and age of the animal. When this bleeding happens, it is termed Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), and when it occurs, the horse usually slows down or stops running. An occurrence of bleeding during a race can put both the horse and jockey in jeopardy.