Q Recently my eight-year-old ID x TB was diagnosed with sidebone.
I feel very much in the dark about how to cope with this, despite
asking my vet and trying to find out more information.
there is no cure and that it is a degenerative disease, but where
can I go from here? I can now only walk her out occasionally, and
on our return she is very obviously uncomfortable. My vet suggests
bute to keep my mare comfortable. Is this safe and is there anything
else I can try?
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is a term that describes the process where areas of cartilage in
the foot become hard and bony. When this happens it may cause no
problem at all, or it may interfere with the way the soft tissues
around the area stretch and adjust during exercise.
This can cause
pain and discomfort, although most cases of sidebone do not result
in pain. The cause is unknown but it is most likely to be due to
poor conformation and abnormal pressure and impact on certain areas
of the foot.
difficult to treat and sometimes bute is the only option. However,
long-term use of bute can damage the lining of the bowels and affect
can provide some anti-inflammatory action and the most commonly
used one is devil's claw. Unfortunately, I doubt there are any preparations
on the market that are strong enough to make a difference to your
horse. In my opinion, herbs, such as frankincense and ginger are
more likely to provide some relief.
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