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How do you cure laminitis?

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Treat laminitis by reducing the horse's sugar and starch intake and re-establishing correct acidity and bacterial population in the hindgut. Accomplish this, in part, by removing grass and cereal-based compound feed from the diet.

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The degree to which a horse can recover from laminitis depends on the severity of the condition and how quickly it is treated. Dietary changes alone can typically cure mild cases. Severe cases, however, require the combined efforts of a nutritionist, a farrier and a veterinarian. Treat severe cases as an emergency, and contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. Consult a farrier to determine whether or not to remove or change the horse's shoes, and consult a qualified equine nutritionist for recommendations regarding feed, feed balancers and supplements.

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