Thought 4the day: Herbal painkillers or perscribed ones? Each have their own qualities and uses. We mostly use herbal. I don't like the idea of pumping horses full of things like bute when you can get things like devils claw and boswellia. Even celery is a mix we use. You can even get herbal antiinflammatories and antibiotics. The horses and ponies only take what they need and the rest gets passed... on through. Even things like milk thistle is good or should i say very good for liver damage. Their is herbs or mixes of herbs for cushings disease. Many many different concoctions. We use www.naturalhorsesupplies.co.uk and the lady there is brilliant as any little questions and shes there at the end of an email :o)
Quote 4the day: Watch this space as it soon gets filled with another horse... the same when you suddenly find them wedged in your heart!
fact 4the day: Equine Arthritis in Horses
Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
Arthritis, often called degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a condition that afflicts many horses. Arthritis is not only painful, but makes it difficult for a hors to move about. The condition is characterized by acute pain and swelling of the joints, many times resulting from an infection.
Left untreated, arthritis ca...n cause your horse to lead a painful and miserable life, so proper diagnosis and treatment by a veterinarian is vital.
Symptoms and Types
1. Acute (rapid onset and/or short course) arthritis
•Loss of appetite
•Abscesses (severe cases)
2. Chronic (persistent or long-lasting) arthritis
•Trauma to the joint
Your veterinarian will easily be able to diagnose arthritis in your horse, general with a physical examination.
Depending on the severity of the arthritis and its underlying cause, your veterinarian may prescribe one of many courses of treatment for your horse. For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a common treatment. An oral supplement may also be prescribed for long-term prevention of arthritis pain.
Living and Management
A horse prone to arthritis should stay under a veterinarian’s care. Horses already suffering from the condition need plenty of rest and a healthy diet, as arthritis can be extremely painful and debilitating