Giving Bute twice a day?? ERU help...

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Giving Bute twice a day?? ERU help...

This is a discussion on Giving Bute twice a day?? ERU help... within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-26-2012, 10:23 PM
Super Moderator
Giving Bute twice a day?? ERU help...

So, Miss Lacey is in the midst of another ERU attack right (just flared up this morning+prgressing scary fast like last time) and is therefore in a ton of pain. I put in a call to the vet this morning but haven't heard back yet.
If I don't hear from them tonight/early tomorrow, I will be calling again.

Anyway, last time (in April), the vet prescribed 24/7 flymasking, 2gm bute/day for 5 days, and some ointment in her eyes.
She's already flymasked like a champ, so check. I don't want to put the ointment in her eyes because it's steroid-based and if she has any sort of eye abrasion, ulcers could result, so no check.
That leaves the bute. Last time the vet said to give it all at once but that left her feeling GREAT in the evening and not so great in the morning.

I'm thinking that it might be better to seperate that bute into two seperate doses so she has more even "feel good" coverage, yes?

She got some bute this morning (.25gm) and I'm planning on giving her 1.5gm this evening since her eyes are rapidly swelling and she's really in pain, but I'm not sure about tomorrow.

In the event that I can't get contact with the vet (I BETTER or else someone, aka us, is finding a new vet) before tomorrow evening, is it ok to give give 1gm of bute in the morning and 1 at night? Or is something about that frowned upon?

And of course, as soon as I hear from the vet I will do whatever she says but until then, I feel like following her previous instructions is probably safe...

Sponsored Links
    07-26-2012, 10:25 PM
Green Broke
I know with our old arab, when he would get really bad arthritis wise we gave him half and half. So in the morning he would get half the prescribed (1 gram total) with some grain and then the same at night...gave him "round the clock coverage" so to speak.
    07-26-2012, 11:34 PM
I am no vet.

But if it was my horse I wouldn't hesitate. I would either split the doses and see how she does or maybe give a "loading dose" then dose accordingly afterwards.

From what I understand, Bute given in large doses given on a regular basis can be harmful. But a loading dose then a maintenance dose for a short time after is not.
I could be wrong and I am sure someone will pipe up if I am.

Good luck, I hope she recovers soon!
    07-26-2012, 11:39 PM
Splitting the dose between day & night is what most folks I know do. If your horse needs it to control the pain & inflammation, he needs it, so don't stop giving it to him as the benefits outweigh the risks at this point.
    07-26-2012, 11:41 PM
Depends. I'm not sure how they decide bute dosages, but I'll use ibuprofen in humans as an example.

The best dose for pain relief is 400mg, but the best dose for fighting inflammation is 800mg. The dose also determines how often you can take it. I would call the vet and ask in this case.
Posted via Mobile Device
    07-27-2012, 09:34 PM
Super Moderator
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it! :)

It looks like I caught it right in time yesterday because after getting 1.5g's of bute yesterday, the swelling was basically totally down today. I think she's still in pain because if I take her flymask off to check her eyes, she basically does her best to get her head back into the flymask but she's on the right path.
I was able to finally get in contact with the vet this morning (apparently there were lots of emergencies yesterday so I'm not miffed anymore, haha) and she agreed with what I did yesterday (dosing L up on bute) and we came up with a plan for what I should do in the future (2g's of bute the first day, 1g/day for 4 more days, give them a heads up on the first day, etc), so yay for that.

On the bummer hand, I believe Lacey may have lost that final little bit of sight she had had in right eye with this episode.
Today the farrier came to do her hooves and while she was her usual cool self about that, she acted shocked and did her little "Why HELLO there, buddy!!" nicker when he finished with Lady (who was on Lacey's right side) and walked back around behind Lacey to her left side.
But, if she did lose that sight, I'm not overly bummed, in that she had just enough sight for things seen through that eye to be unreasonably scary. So it might actually be nice for her to not have that eye seeing "scary" stuff constantly.
I guess that's the unfortunate breaks of the game...

Anyway, thanks! :)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bute?! Sarahandlola Horse Health 10 02-13-2011 05:59 AM
Bute Pro Horse Health 4 03-26-2010 10:38 PM
To bute or not to bute for an abscess? edozier1 Horse Health 12 10-19-2009 06:47 AM
bute pat Horse Health 11 02-19-2009 03:58 PM
Bute Erin_And_Jasper Horse Talk 13 09-16-2008 05:57 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0