What Are Some Treatments for Laminitis?


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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and supportive shoes are common treatments for equine laminitis, according to The Merck Veterinary Manual. Veterinarians also prescribe flunixin meglumine for horses recovering from additional illness and phenylbutazone for horses that are otherwise healthy.

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Veterinarians and farriers work together to select the best supportive shoe design for each equine laminitis case, according to The Merck Veterinary Manual. Treatment may also include acepromazine to increase hoof blood flow and opiates for pain relief. In septic horses at risk for acute laminitis, soaking the affected hoof in ice water reduces the risk of developing laminitis.

In some cases, veterinarians treat laminitis with surgery. The common surgical approach severs the deep digital flexor tendon to reduce phalangeal rotation. Farriers and veterinarians rarely perform hoof wall resection. Recovery from laminitis takes weeks to months.

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