July 2, 2012
For horses living with laminitis, there is no easy answer for a treatment.
My 27-year-old gelding has laminitis and has recently spent 14 days at the University of Wisconsin. I have him on Pergolide and have recently taken off his shoes. Should I keep him barefoot? What are the best supplements to give him for arthritis that won’t upset his condition? He is currently sound. What do you suggest I do to keep him sound?
For advice, we sought out Dr. Tom Lenz with Pfizer Animal Health.
It is virtually impossible to give you good advice on this horse without examining the horse first.
Laminitis is a difficult condition to manage and requires changes in therapy as the horse progresses from acute laminitis to chronic laminitis. Radiographs (X-rays) will need to be taken periodically to assess the degree of rotation.
I recommend you keep in contact with the clinicians at Wisconsin or ask your local veterinarian to evaluate the horse periodically and make appropriate therapy adjustments.
– Dr. Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Pfizer Animal Health
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