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    Default Doxycycline Antibiotic For Arthritis?

    Ever hear of that as a treatment? I came across an article from the AAEP proceedings and thought it was interesting since so many horses seem to do well during Lyme disease treatment, but sometimes revert back (due to a masked injury instead of disease).

    Anyway, I have a very arthritic mare due to a rough life - she had very,very bad luck with pasture mates. People who don't know her past always tell me she should be treated for Lymes because she can get quite gimpy at times. If she slightly injures one joint, she compensates with the other limbs, then goes downhill until everything stablizes again. We've been dealing with it for 9 years and I'm always looking for new ideas.

    Now that I see that Doxy is a good anti inflammatory for arthritis, I'm wondering if I should ask the vet to treat her anyway. He's coming out tomorrow for an exam.

    Anyone ever used Doxy for this?



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    Why not just use an anti inflammatory like Equioxx? Or Surpass? Unless there's a possiblity of Lyme disease, that's misuse of an antibiotic. We're in a pickle as a human race already because of antibiotic resistance. Why add to it?

    Doxy does have side effects.



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    The doses in the study were below antimicrobial effect for that reason.



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    My boy was on Doxy for lyme but we left him on it for over a year for the effects it was having on his arthritis.

    The side effects are NOTHING compared to bute or any other NSAID.

    I will always treat him with it if he has more problems with his arthritis, right now he is doing great and is no longer on it.



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    Do you have a link to the report?

    Dalemma



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    Here's a summary version in this PDF:
    http://www.thehorse.com/pdf/aaep2007/aaep-2007.pdf

    I thought the article about ulcers in racehorses was interesting too. They found that barns that played the radio all the time had higher incidence of ulcers than w/o. I always hated radios in the barn and always turn them down when I'm working with a horse.



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    Will be interested to hear what your vet has to say.



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    I never got around to asking. After the x-rays of my mare's neck yesterday, I doubt doxy would be of any use. Got a prescription for Previcox to see if it will help her neck pain. Kinda bummed now.



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    I'm sorry. I hope the Previcox helps a bit.



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