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post #1 of 3 Old 09-19-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Best Treatment for Arthritis?

For those who have dealt with arthritic treatment in horses,what supplements,medications,ect. did you find to be the most productive in helping ease the pain/stiffness? I have a mare who's had arthritis in her one knee since a young age,it's not really effected her except for the occasional short flare up,but recently it's starting to bother her more. Was told to put her on a joint supplement (along with the occasional Bute for pain management) but it wasn't specified which one,so looking for suggestions on what works the best! I'm in Canada,so looking for options available here as border regulations can make it tricky getting that kind of stuff up here from the States..
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Inject it. That would be the best treatment.

And then start her on Adequan which is an intramuscular injection (supplement). Maybe Legend (intravenous) as well, if there are episodes of acute flare-ups.

Spendy? Absolutely. But you asked for the best treatment.

Now I can't tell you if you can get those things in Canada or not. I have no clue.

Feed-through supplements are what they are. They need to pass through the horse's digestive system first before making it anywhere to the body. So it's really controversial on how much even makes it to the joint.

I've fed both Platinum Performance CJ and THE Equine Edge Muscle Mass formula with Joint support. They are both good products. I tend to favor the THE a little better as my horses like the flavor better. (And it's a little cheaper).

Be careful with giving bute as it can cause gastro problems. If you use bute, it is best to also use something to protest the stomach like GastroGuard.

Previcox is an alternative option to bute. Previcox won't cause gastro problems, but you have to have a constant amount of previcox in the system for it to work. Whereas bute has an "instant" effect.

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Exercise and the injections. Legend IV is good too. All the stuff you feed doesn't give you the results as will the injections and of course the exercise. In the end the feed through supplements cost just as much and don't work anywhere near as well.

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