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post #1 of 34 Old 06-04-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Laminitis in my pony

Could use some help on understanding what to expect with Laminitis. I have been treating for just over 2 weeks. On second vet. First vet only gave bute by the second week he was worse. Second vet continued Bute but him on Banamine and Tri-Hist. Seemed to walk a little better and even ventured out of the barn. Barely wants to move at times. He is eating just hay ok. Seems alert, etc. No heat in hooves. The vet is returning tomorrow.
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post #2 of 34 Old 06-04-2012, 09:59 PM
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Could use some help on understanding what to expect with Laminitis. I have been treating for just over 2 weeks. On second vet. First vet only gave bute by the second week he was worse. Second vet continued Bute but him on Banamine and Tri-Hist. Seemed to walk a little better and even ventured out of the barn. Barely wants to move at times. He is eating just hay ok. Seems alert, etc. No heat in hooves. The vet is returning tomorrow.
Laminitis is a serious, life threatening pathology.

Very, very few veterinarians have the skill to manage a laminitic.

You need the skills of a professional farrier with specific experience in managing this condition.

Neither bute nor banamine will "cure" laminitis. In fact, there is no "cure".

A positive outcome is almost entirely dependent upon a protocol designed to address the secondary mechanical failure associated with the pathology. That and... luck.

Speed of treatment is critical to success. Get a therapeutic farrier to attend your pony... yesterday!

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Did your vet recommend a diet low in sugars and starches? Also, did your vet recommend any specific shoeing instructions like natural balance shoes, pads, or rockers?
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post #4 of 34 Old 06-04-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Lymes or Laminitis?

He has been on Purina Wellsolve Low Starch for a couple of years. We have totally taken him off of that.
The vet may do a blood test for Lymes tomorrow. That was our second guess. After reading some old posts on Lymes sure sounds like that.
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Welcome to the forum, you will find a lot of people with experience in dealing with this problem, you've come to the right place. Laminitis in a pony takes a multifactorial approach for treatment. There is no cure for laminitis. Do a little research on equine metabolic syndrome, there is a lot of good info here on the forum. Also I strongly recommend that you get a good farrier with LOTS of experience treating laminitis as they are key in recovery as well. Make sure your vet and farrier are working together as they both will play an important role in getting your horse the help he needs. ***Most importantly*** you do not want a horse on bute and banamine together. Immediately stop one or the other and find a new vet that won't make such a bad mistake. Having a horse on two NSAIDs like that can cause serious gastric problems as well as damaging the kidneys!

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post #6 of 34 Old 06-05-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Pony with laminitis

Thanks for all the info. He is no longer on Banimine with his Bute. He is still taking Tri-hist though. The vet was suppose to call and come out today but didn't. He is laying down off and on today. Bad, Good? I will call another vet tomorrow.
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Try cold hosing his feet for comfort. I am a small animal vet and I use ice frequently for pain management and inflammation, as well as for myself. Cooling the feet and lower legs helps with the inflammation which is what is so painful! Also if you can get him on some deep bedding that should help as well. Make sure he's got water and feed close by. Sometimes they will not go to drink because of the pain and that can lead to colic/impaction.
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Ok my computer froze don't know if you got this reply so here goes again. He is down on thick fine bedding. He is eating but every 5 minutes or so he lays on his side and extends his feet. I don't have good vibes about this. Should I call a vet on an emergency call. Maybe he is having some gastric upset but would he be eating?
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do you know how to take a heart rate and temperature? if so, what are they?
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post #10 of 34 Old 06-05-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok found the steth, can't remember how? Can only find digital thermometor
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