Equine Medical Conditions & Treatments
A horse would do well to have one week of rest for every day they ran a fever. However, if complications arise or secondary bacterial infections occur, rest recommendations are likely to be extended by your primary care veterinarian.
Yes, but only AFTER you’ve softened the scabs. Apply an ointment directly to scabs and let it sit. When scabs become pliable, you can gently remove them. Then follow your primary care veterinarian’s instructions for ongoing treatment.
Avoid aggressive scrubbing or picking of crusty dry scabs – it is painful.
An important key to resolving scratches is housing the horse in a clean, dry environment. Modifying the living situation until the infection is under control may be necessary.
Steroid induced laminitis can happen in rare cases. When evaluating risk, corticosteroids are comparable to other anti-inflammatories and the benefits out weigh the risks. For healthy adult horses the risk of steroid induced laminits is very, very low.
Horses with certain medical conditions, while the risk is still very low, are more likely to experience a laminitic episode. Those condition include, but are not limited to, horses that are overweight, are insulin resistant, who suffer from Cushing’s disease, or those who have had a recent occurrence of laminitis.
Most commonly, owners report that they are more fluid one direction or another. We also see a reluctance to jump straight or drift to one side of a jump. Barrel horses often start ducking barrels, veering wide or losing competitive times.
Often horses with hock pain will have shorter strides and develop what is referred to as a stabbing gait. All breeds and disciplines of horses can experience these problems though the way they manifest is dependent on use. It‚Äôs typically a feeling the owner‚Äôs sense that their horse is simply not giving them 100%.
Having your horse‚Äôs hocks injected is a decision only you, along with guidance from your primary vet, can make. There are many reasons to have a horse‚Äôs hocks injected. These include chronic hock pain from conditions such as bone spavin or osteoarthritis. Hock injections can also be used as a preventive treatment. A horse athlete‚Äôs joints respond to the rigors of training much like their human athlete counterparts. Injecting the hock joints helps to keep the joints lubricated and reduce swelling.
There has been concern in the past that the steroids contained in the injection did more damage than good and sped up the arthritic development in the joints. In years past this was a valid concern. The steroids we use today are less damaging to the joints, making them safer to use and when combined with the hyaluronic acid, synthetic joint fluid, the effects are greatly amplified.
Each owner should weigh the advantages and disadvantages, along with the guidance of your veterinarian, when determining if injecting their horse‚Äôs hocks is the appropriate treatment.
Hock injections can be effective anywhere from 6-12 months. If your hock injections are only lasting 8-10 weeks, your horse may be a candidate for laser arthrodesis (surgical fusion).