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  • Is bute like Tylenol
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    02-12-2011, 02:22 PM

What is your opinion on it?

I have seen people say it mask the pain so the horse appears better...I have also seen people say It is not a pain reliever but an anti inflammatory so it actually can fix the problem...

So what exactly is Bute?
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    02-12-2011, 02:35 PM
Green Broke
Bute is basically a pain reliever for horses.

Just like or tylenol, advil, or aspirin.

If you had a pain in your foot wouldn't you pop an aspirin?

Same thing.
    02-12-2011, 02:38 PM
Ok..I put my mare on it yesterday because she is lame...We don't have a clue where or how she is lame. There is no heat anywhere apart from a bit on her 'Underarm' area..I don't not think she is pain because she let us stretch the leg etc.

I lunged her today and she was perfect. Was it the bute or the box rest? I had her in for two days now and on bute for a day. Would it work that quick?
    02-12-2011, 04:02 PM
Green Broke
Could be both.

Bute masks pain, so definitely don't give it to her 24 hours before a vet comes to see her or you trot her out to evaluate how she's doing.
    02-12-2011, 04:20 PM
Yep....Bute is Tylenol for horses basically.

Your horse may have indicated being better because pain was less. Still monitor and rest to ensure horse is healthy and ready to get back to work
    02-12-2011, 05:12 PM
In your last thread about your lame horse you said:

Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
I am getting someone to check her soon...
Have you been able to get an appointment with a vet yet?

Bute will mask the pain and depending on how much you are giving her it could make her do more than she should be doing.
    02-12-2011, 06:23 PM
Green Broke
I use Bute like I would use ibuprophen for me. If I know why a horse is sore, then I will use some or asprin to help alleviate the pain. If the symptoms don't resolve, or I'm not sure why the horse is acting sore, then I won't use it until I can figure it out, or call the vet.
    02-12-2011, 06:29 PM
Bute is like Advil for horses. We always keep a tube on hand in case we need it.
    02-12-2011, 06:47 PM
It does mask the pain. Whether or not it is good depends on your point of view. Pain is nature's way of saying something is wrong. If you mask the pain, the horse has a change to re-injure himself because he doesn't know he's sore/sick.
    02-13-2011, 04:11 AM
Yes I had someone check her and they could not find anything so they put her on bute...

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