Originally Posted by CloudsMystique
Devil's claw is typically used for arthritis and other joint issues. It's something that can cause ulcers on a horse without any - I would definitely not give it to a horse that already has them. Bad idea.
Your opinion is welcome but the question then remains - if the horse is in pain from ulcers, and Bute and Danilon are not suitable for use as painkillers that leaves the herbals of which Devils Claw is the top of the list.
The mare I met with this morning is utterly obnoxious but bearing in mind the pharmaceuticals being stuffed down her throat and the pain from the ulcers themselves maybe that is understandable. She can shout and scream, which is what she did today and I must understand. But until she comes back to normal behaviour she has no function in this life.
She comes off Danilon in Monday - what do I give her then, or do I leave her cold turket without pain killers of any type?
Gastrogard is not a pain killer, as I understand the process, it coats the ulcer to protect it from hydrochloric acid. In the interim the horse's natural anti bodies heal the stomach lining. That is why it is so expensive.
The vet won't answer the telephone. We've got 3 plus days to make a decision,to find the product and to give it to the horse for the first time on Monday next.
If my mare behaves any more badly than the way she does today, then life for all of us looks grim. She's giving me ulcers and I don't eat grass.
Any suggestions gratefully received.