Introduction to Laminitis in Horses
Horse laminitis can be a serious condition that can cause extreme pain and even paralysis. It’s an inflammation of the laminae which is the inner lining of horse’s hoof wall. Overfeeding, injury, and long-term stress to the hoof wall can all cause laminitis. Horse owners need to be aware of signs and how to treat laminitis.
Laminitis symptoms and signs
Laminitis can occur in horses due to a variety of symptoms. These are:
- Reluctance or laziness to move
- Urethrination and drinking have increased
- Reluctance or inability to move about the paddock.
- Heat in the feet
- Sensitivity to touch on coronet band
Your veterinarian should be contacted immediately if you believe your horse might have laminitis.
Follow these simple steps to prevent laminitis.
- Give your horse a healthy, balanced diet.
- Monitor your horse’s weight and overall health regularly.
- Keep your feet and hooves healthy.
- Regular exercise is important for horses.
It is crucial to be aware of the risks of laminitis and take steps to minimize the possibility of it happening.
Risk Factors for Laminitis
Laminitis can be caused by a variety of risk factors, including:
- Foot injury or trauma
- Intake of excessive carbohydrate
- Exposition to toxic substances
- Metabolic disorders
- Fungal and bacterial infections
It is important to address any risk factors that could lead to laminitis.
Laminitis can be treated
The severity of laminitis will determine the treatment. The treatment may include:
- Pain relief medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Corrective shoeing
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Follow the instructions of your veterinarian.
Q: How do I know if my horse is suffering from laminitis or not?
A: Watch out for signs like lameness, fever and increased drinking, urination, reluctance or movement around the paddock, heat and sensitivity to touch.
Q: How can I prevent laminitis from happening?
A: It is important to give your horse a healthy, balanced diet rich in nutrients, monitor your horse’s weight, keep him hydrated, provide exercise, and ensure that your horse gets enough sleep.
Laminitis can be a serious condition in horses that can lead to severe pain and lameness. Horse owners need to be familiar with the symptoms and how to treat laminitis. It is important to give your horse a healthy diet, keep an eye on his weight, provide regular exercise, and monitor the condition of his feet. Laminitis can be treated with pain relief medication, anti-inflammatory medications and corrective shoeing. Your veterinarian should be contacted immediately if you suspect that your horse is suffering from laminitis.