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pentoxifilline for laminitis - how to give to horse?

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  • pentoxifilline for laminitis - how to give to horse?

    this is the weirdest pill I grind it up in a coffee grinder and add water or apple sauce. It turns into a thick gel. I try to syring into horses mouth and they hate it. And it actually gels up in their mouth. And by the way, I've read that it doesn't even help with laminitis, but I'm trying it. Horse seems to hate it and drools "gel" for a long time after syringing into mouth. Very weird!

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    Did the vet who prescribed the medication say to grind it up? If not, I think I would call the vet and ask specifically if the pill should be given whole (which I suspect is the proper way) or ground up. If it can be given ground up, I would relay to the vet exactly what is happening after the dose is given, because that does not sound normal to me.
    ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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    • #3
      I have never used trental for anything laminitis related, but the majority of our broodmares live on it for parts of breeding season. I don't really see why vets give out pills like that when quality suspensions are easily ordered. I would call your vet and insist on them getting you a suspension versus dealing with pills.
      "True love is taking away their pain, and making it your own. "

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      • #4
        I had to Google it. Some vets do use it for laminitis.

        so ---- laminitis horses can have watermelon -- I chop it and the rind up all summer for bothe the IR horse and the other one.

        buy a small watermelon, cut small squares, then use something sharp to twist a hole part way thru the square. I use the tip of a steak knife.

        i do this with Previcox and always give the horse a second piece of watermelon for good measure

        You can also use Apple pieces as well. That little bit of Apple isn't going to raise the insulin on the horse to get a pill down the hatch

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        • #5
          You can get it compounded into a flavored powder from Wedgewood.

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          • #6
            Flavored powder is an option; the barn I work at just puts the pills whole in their grain and the horses eat it that way. The horses who get it don't seem to mind them whole.

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            • #7
              My horse loved it in Powerade. Evidently the taste was strong enough to disguise the medicine.

              If yours is not so pleased, this is why we have compounding pharmacies.
              "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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              • #8
                Originally posted by blueribbonpanel View Post
                this is the weirdest pill I grind it up in a coffee grinder and add water or apple sauce. It turns into a thick gel. I try to syring into horses mouth and they hate it. And it actually gels up in their mouth. And by the way, I've read that it doesn't even help with laminitis, but I'm trying it. Horse seems to hate it and drools "gel" for a long time after syringing into mouth. Very weird!
                What was the cause of the laminitis? How long is the horse on this med?

                Short term, it is what it is; lots of horses dislike lots of drugs. If it's longer term, I would definitely ask about a compounded formula. But, presumably there is more to the treatment of the laminitis than just this, so I'd definitely focus on those things as well. Treating for laminitis shouldn't really ever be "long term" unless there was something serious going on (like a mechanical founder caused by an injury or something?)

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