Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Pain management is important. Three weeks is a very long time if he no longer needed it after week one. If he actually needed it past week one, I would think he would have also needed other medical attention. If it is a daily dose that is appropriate for his weight and is broken into two administrations, that makes sense. It is chronic use that is of concern w bute over extended periods of time - but I have never seen what the period is, exactly. It is effective as a pain killer, so for short periods of time, it is the "go to".
My sister had a retired stud. As he got older, he had got more severe DJ, so as a quality of life issue in light of his then age (27), he was started on bute daily. He had very happy and healthy twighlight years, and died at 34.
I would not ever give any horse bute for more than a week unless I knew exactly why I was doing that (i.e., I had a clear vet report of the injury, etc.,.) with some direction (e.g., it will take at least a 2 weeks for the condition to improve, in which it is important to keep the pain in check).
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.