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post #1 of 11 Old 06-29-2008, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Laymans terms please

At the risk of sounding dumb...... What is butte and what is it used for? Heard it alot recently and don't have a clue. Thanks :o

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-29-2008, 12:51 AM
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"Bute" is short for phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory that's commonly given to horses to reduce pain and swelling. Basically "horsey tylenol".
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-29-2008, 11:50 AM
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it also comes in many forms

powder - usually apple flavored
traditional pills
injectable (don't do it unless you're a professional at hitting veins)
and paste

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-29-2008, 12:37 PM
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I love BUTE Last time I used was when my poor boy was gelded. Poor fella..

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-07-2008, 03:21 PM
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My mare Cocoa is 30 yrs old and gets one bute a day in her food to help relieve some of her arthritis pain. It helps. You can tell when I run out and miss a few days before I get more.

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-08-2008, 10:02 AM
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Phenylbutazone or Bute is a wonderful drug but be careful... it does have contraindications. Gastric ulcers is one of them. (but there are others) My friend who used it on her ex-race horse, (known for having ulcers) developed a bleeding ulcer which became very serious. He's OK now but bute is a last resort for him and only after he has been given ulcer medication prior to the use of bute.

Just a heads up but it's worth checking with your vet before using it or a least looking into all the contraindications before using it.

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-08-2008, 10:08 AM
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Bute smells amazing haha.
It works so well.
Me and my friends where discussing how it smells like fruit loops.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-08-2008, 01:46 PM
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I always said bute smells like the kid's cough sirup

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-08-2008, 03:34 PM
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This is response is to expound on Noreen's post regarding ulcers. I agree you should always consult your vet before giving any medications, but a healthy horse can tolerate a minimum dose of bute for extended periods without any problems.

The key word is "pre-existing" ulcers. It's not a given that long term use of bute given in the proper amounts will "cause" ulcers or any of the other problems such as kidney failure. If you have a bleeder, or one with renal problems then bute may not be for them, but if there are no pre-existing problems it's a good long tem solution for some pain issues.

That said, foals are in the high risk category and bute should be used with extreme caution.
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