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post #1 of 9 Old 07-17-2016, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Horse arthritis

Hey! Ive been around horses all of my life, but now I am actually caring for my own horse. I had the vet come out to show me how to administer Dixie's(my horse) vaccinations. He told me what to buy and where to give the injections. The type of wormer I should use and when to give it. He also said she has arthritis. He gave me many options. I chose the injection. I got a prescription for glucosamine. Which is inexpensive and I can order it online.

Here is my question: He said to inject her with 8cc once every week for the first month- once every two weeks in the second month- and then once a month every month after. However the bottle says to inject 20ml everyday. This is very different. I could use some advice on how much and how often. Does anyone have experience using this?

She is very tight in her hind quarters and I wanted her to feel more comfortable. I hate to ride her knowing she is uncomfortable so I haven't even saddled her up. I hope that this injection will help. I also just bought a new horse, so she will have some company. I would like for her to feel spunky.

Please feel free to give me as much advice as needed.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-17-2016, 02:39 PM
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Injections have done wonders for my mare who has arthritis in her hocks, although her case is not that severe. Now, I am not familiar with the self-injection procedure and always had my vet come out to do the injections. This was done annually or bi-annually depending on how often the horse was sore... I've heard of the daily/weekly method but I'm just not familiar with it. I feel too inexperienced as you need to inject directly into the joint/affected area for the medicine to work and there is a risk of infection each time you inject. I also never injected glucosamine... Only steroids/corticosteroids, which are longer lasting, hence why I only had the injections done once or twice a year. This is another option you can consider, it's more expensive although probably is just as costly as what you will pay for weekly/monthly injections (I think in my area I pay about $400 per round).

Anyway, I would trust the directions of your vet. What you see on the bottle doesn't take into account case by case basis, and your vet knows your horse best.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-17-2016, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your response. I will start the injection this Wednesday. My vet says the shot is very easy, since it is a intramuscular injection.
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Are you sure the injection is glucosamine & not something else?
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-17-2016, 05:52 PM
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Sounds like you got Pentosan or Adequan. I haven't used it personally(yet, looking into it for mine), I have heard very good reviews about them and they seem to really help. Depending on the product and regime needed, it's usually once a week for a month then go from there, so I'd listen to the vet's advice. Often those products are off label from dogs, so the instructions may not even be intended for horses.
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I just started my mare on Glucosamine IM (intra muscular)
My protocol is 5cc every 5 days for 5 times, then every 2 weeks for 2 months, then we'll reassess. I'll have to check but I think it was 100mg/cc. Maybe you have a different concentration?

It is affordable and my vet said she had good results with this, similar to Pentosan.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-27-2016, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I am not sure if we have a different concentration or not. We do have different protocols. How is your horse doing? I did my first injection Saturday. I injected 9cc and today she still looked uncomfortable cantering. I will do my second injection this Saturday. I hope to see better results.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-28-2016, 07:04 PM
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Not a miracle so far, but we just started. Second injection today. She's also on Previcox (anti-inflammatory). Time will tell.

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