On the vet's recommendation, my horse is on .5g bute daily. I mix up grain once a day... put the bute in sweet feed (along with his other supps), and add the other grain. Then I shake the whole bucket up to mix it pretty thoroughly, and give him half AM and half PM. Does it matter that he's getting something like .25g twice a day instead of .5g once a day? Should I do the bute separately and give it to him all at once?
With the weather getting yucky, he really needs the bute and I don't want him to be uncomfortable. Thanks!
Meh.. I'd rather not call him for something so minor.. and I didn't get the bute from him, so I don't feel comfortable taking his time when he's not profiting. Does anyone know if separate doses generally change the efficacy of bute?
If you want him to be comfortable throughout the day, I would personally split the dose. It's only going to last about 8-10 hours so if you give it to him once a day, you are going to have him possibly uncomfortable for half of the day. I'm not a vet, but that's how I would do it.
1/4 gram twice daily is likely ok although I am not sure it would be all that effective. Many horses are managed on 1 gram per day five days a week, some get 1 gram every other day. My horse is currently getting 1/2 once daily while his pastern is fusing. Here is an article on bute http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=6408
No studies show that it does not matter. However, 1/2 gram of bute is pretty low. Standard dose is 1 gram for most issues. Why is he on such a low dose? Is he a pony?
He's a 16.3hh TB with a bum knee. It's a low dose because he's going to be on it for..ever. And he's 8 now. Don't want to mess up his stomach with more bute. And he's been pretty okay without bute for a couple of years now, but new vet, new xrays. He recommended bute to keep him comfortable.