As you may have read in the other sections, Minnie suffers from COPD. She has chronic lung disease.
Meanwhile I have everything under control and I mostly owe that to my Flexineb®.
I purchased this great nebuliser relatively quickly after the frightening diagnosis and nebulised in addition to oral administration of various pharmaceuticals.
Meanwhile I nebulise only with NaCl solution and cope with it briliantly.
The Flexineb® consists of a rubber mask with straps, a plastic tube, a rechargeable battery with cable to the nebuliser unit, an attachment to expand the volume of the nebuliser and an adapter for pump sprays, which I have never used before.
A bottle of NaCl solution, disinfectant and a transport box are also included. The ordering and delivery process is extremely easy. I ordered my Flexineb® at www.ihr-produkt.de and created an account there as well, since I regularly reorder the wearing parts.
Since I have an extremely jumpy horse, I was really curious whether she would tolerate the mask over her nose, but she didn’t even bat an eye. And I have yet to meet a horse who had a problem with it. In fact, other horses are more likely to have a problem with Minnie wearing the mask. For familiarisation purposes, the Flexineb® can be opened on the underside to allow for an increased external air supply. However, this should remain closed during regular use.
Once all the parts have been assembled, the NaCl solution or the medication is poured in and the mask is put on.
It is recommended to replace the Flexineb® nebuliser after 35 applications, so the nebuliser should be replaced approximately every month (depending on how often you nebulise). At a cost of € 70, that’s quite an additional expense. Although this is prescribed by the manufacturer, it is absolutely not necessary. And although distributor performance may decline, it is still fine as long as it can still nebulise the solution. I have a nebuliser that I used every day from September to March and that still works. However, I always have an additional nebuliser in reserve.
I nebulise Minnie 90% of the time while grooming her. In my opinion, this poses the special advantage that she cannot inhale the dust brushed from her coat and it doesn’t cost me any additional time. However, if I am in hurry, I also like to nebulise while I ride or lead her at a walk. There are probably different opinions as to whether one should nebulise during exercise. For me it’s no problem at a walk.
Minnie has usually finished nebulising after 15-20 minutes. For me, only nebulising before exercise makes sense. Nebulising with saline solution moistens the mucous membranes and liquefies the mucus, which can then be snorted off during exercise. Also only snorted off because, in my opinion, each cough is an alarm signal if your horses do not currently suffer from an infection.
After use, the nebuliser is rinsed with disinfectant solution and then atomised once with distilled water to flush the salt residues out of the membrane. I do this after each application, because I believe that the wear is otherwise much higher and it is really quick, because you only have to atomise with 1-2 ml of distilled water. The mask is rinsed and also sprayed with disinfectant and left to dry. I clean the mask properly once a month with dishwashing liquid and hot water, but you can of course do that more often.
For me, the Flexineb® is most beneficial for this disease and I would never want to be without it again. I’m extremely proud of the fact that Minnie has been free of symptoms for 7 months. If you have any questions, feel free to write in the comments section.
Minnie and Nici
Progress report also on Nicole’s page. Have a look: http://nikamine.de/mein-flexineb/