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COB (Chronic Obstructive Bronchitis) or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a chronic lung disease that narrows the airways. While in chronic bronchitis (COB) the symptoms stem from inflamed bronchial tubes, COPD describes the permanent narrowing of bronchial tubes and, by extension, permanent damage to lung tissue. Chronic bronchitis is thus the precursor to COPD. Affected animals cough more frequently, gag or swallow after coughing, are less efficient and have problems breathing, especially when exhaling. Often the lungs are mucousy. There may also be nasal discharge. If left untreated, COP/COPD can lead to severe heart and lung damage.

This disease is usually triggered by various factors. Preceding viral diseases usually favour the development. Dust and gases should be avoided in affected animals to reduce the symptoms and minimise the risk of progression of the disease. The prognosis for recovery depends on how long the animal has been ill and how severe COB has developed. The extent to which the environment can be adapted to the animal’s disease is also important.