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post #1 of 3 Old 06-18-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas to help a laminitic gelding?

Hi, My 12-year-old gelding is having a flare of laminitis and I'm not sure why. He contracted PHF three different times in the past and with the first bout he shot a high fever which brought upon the first case of laminitis so I know why he is prone to it. What I don't understand is that I have done everything that I can think of to help alleviate his pain but to no avail. I've kept him off grass this spring, he is NEVER fed grain, he has only grass hay. I am beginning to wonder if it is possible that this was brought on by his vaccinations this spring, as it was after that that he became so tender and unfortunately nothing is relieving it.
My question is this; Is it possible that the vaccinations could have triggered some type of allergic response in his system which brought on the laminitis?
I would be very grateful for any input in this matter. Also, I'm wondering if perhaps soaking his feet (both front) in epsom salts would help to give him some relief?
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-18-2013, 07:42 PM
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Yes, shots can do it. Try to avoid giving him all in ones. Do one shot every 2 weeks. This should help a bit. The problem with soaking is you can make it worse for the hoof. Salts dry out the foot fast. Also the outer hoof wall is the only part getting the treatment. To treat something like that, needs to be done from the inside out.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-18-2013, 08:33 PM
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Yup, shots can trigger it, high fever, antibiotics, and a whole bunch of other things.
To be able to help you we need more details, tho. We need pics, of him( to see his condition), his feet, from the side, and the soles.
Grass hay can already be too high NSC, did you have it tested, or could you? Has he been confirmed IR?
You can give him a puddle or muddy spot where he can choose to stand in. Or stand him in buckets with ice water( only if the bout is very recent).
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