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post #1 of 5 Old 11-24-2012, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Pedal osteitis Help

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My 22 year old Mare was diagnosed yesterday with Pedal Osteitis to her medial LF Coffin Bone...which is kind of the unknown to me even after googling and researching her diagnosis. Does anyone have any suggestions or feed back on this ...it doesn't sound like a good prognosis and not sure what to do ...We started a round of antibiotics of Metronidzole & Trimethorine yesterday but need to know anyone's experiences with this..I fearing the worst and having to make that sad decision. Any thoughts or experiences will be greatly appreciated.
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Kabber, pedal osteitis is usually the result of laminitis, and can is fixable. If only one foot is affected, it's because the horse uses that foot more. When the founder occurred, connective tissue (laminae that connect coffin bone to hoof wall) was weakened, and the bone sunk down close to the ground. When more weight is beared on one side the bone sinks and/or rotates more. Pedal osteitis means the bone is too close to the ground and it hurts. Don't put one down over it. It's curable with good shoeing. Maybe trimming only. Get her in deep sand
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Thanks for the info..The vet says that the coffin has not rotated or sunk ...it has basically deteriorated due to infection or her age. We saw the x-rays and instead of a U shape it is more of a Open bracket.
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I had an old horse with this due to plain ol aging. Shoes with pads and gel packing kept him comfortable - went from quite lame to trotting sound over night. He stayed sound with this shoeing for another 6 months before he died of a stroke.
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Kabber, pedal osteitis is usually the result of laminitis, and can is fixable. If only one foot is affected, it's because the horse uses that foot more. When the founder occurred, connective tissue (laminae that connect coffin bone to hoof wall) was weakened, and the bone sunk down close to the ground. When more weight is beared on one side the bone sinks and/or rotates more. Pedal osteitis means the bone is too close to the ground and it hurts. Don't put one down over it. It's curable with good shoeing. Maybe trimming only. Get her in deep sand
While your not entirely wrong, your not entirely right either. Pedal Osteitis is demineralisation of the distal margins of the coffin bone. This can happen for a number of reasons, laminitis included.

Kabber,

Google Dr. Stephen O'grady DVM, look under "podiatry" for "Non-septic pedal osteitis"
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