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    Acute Laminitis Help!!!

    I need help/advice for an acute Laminitis episode. So my horse was sick Monday, diarrhea , mild colic and mild fever, called the vet immediately. Trailered him in. He stayed there until Friday. They narrowed it down to Salmonella. He was stalled there which he is open to pasture 24/7 at home. He has mild to moderate ring bone. He was uncomfortable the last couple days, tested negative to hoof testers and no heat, we assumed it was his ring bone. I got him home and it was clear he was foundering. He’s getting bute, icesoaks several times a day, he’s on a dry lot with a stall and he broke down the door 3 times and I decided F-it. Lol. He’s an 1800lb
    percheron who is sweet as can be but has a temper. He is not moving around much so I’m letting him win this one.

    I’ve read nothing but horror stories and I’m well prepared for all of that. But, I’m currently focused on doing everything and anything I can to help/ support/ prevent. Any advice is welcome. I generally take a holistic approach to everything, however I will do almost anything to give him a fighting chance at the best recovery/outcome. The vet is coming back Wednesday for X-rays and I will work with my Farrier accordingly.

    any advice, ideas, helpful supplements, anything to help. Him or make things easier and more efficient would be greatly appreciated

    #2
    Going through this myself, turns out mine is insulin resistant. So the vets on boarded thyro l and metformin. Hay is being soaked to reduce sugar. Have you checked that to see if he can handle the sugar himself. They put him on trazadone so he would be sleepy and lay down to relieve his feet. That could be something for you. Mine has not rotated but looked sufficiently sad that I got him to the clinic after what looked to be a recovery then a downward turn.
    trazadone would prevent him from busting out I believe. If he’s painful might be worth seeing if vet can give you now.

    Hoping for the best for your horse. Good luck

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      #3
      Order these boots:
      https://www.softrideboots.com/index.php

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        #4
        Originally posted by mmvictorelli View Post
        I need help/advice for an acute Laminitis episode. So my horse was sick Monday, diarrhea , mild colic and mild fever, called the vet immediately. Trailered him in. He stayed there until Friday. They narrowed it down to Salmonella. He was stalled there which he is open to pasture 24/7 at home. He has mild to moderate ring bone. He was uncomfortable the last couple days, tested negative to hoof testers and no heat, we assumed it was his ring bone. I got him home and it was clear he was foundering. He’s getting bute, icesoaks several times a day, he’s on a dry lot with a stall and he broke down the door 3 times and I decided F-it. Lol. He’s an 1800lb
        percheron who is sweet as can be but has a temper. He is not moving around much so I’m letting him win this one.

        I’ve read nothing but horror stories and I’m well prepared for all of that. But, I’m currently focused on doing everything and anything I can to help/ support/ prevent. Any advice is welcome. I generally take a holistic approach to everything, however I will do almost anything to give him a fighting chance at the best recovery/outcome. The vet is coming back Wednesday for X-rays and I will work with my Farrier accordingly.

        any advice, ideas, helpful supplements, anything to help. Him or make things easier and more efficient would be greatly appreciated
        I am going through this myself ...my wb mare came down with acute laminitis 2 weeks ago triggered by steroids given for her severe allergies/sweet itch ...We had the vet out immediately ...did IV DMSO for 3 days , icing 3-4 times/day, 2 grams bute twice per day , Thyro L 1 scoop twice a day, 3 mls Ace given IM 3 times/day, Metformin, and Pentoxifylline twice per day , Insulin Wise, removed from pasture ...strict stall rest for 30 days ...started her on the Emergency Diet as recommended by the ECIR group ...which she’s now getting tested low sugar Timothy hay , and a small amount of Ontario Dehy Timothy Balance Cubes ...I’m now supplementing her with Vermont Blend Forage and Hoof Balancer , Emcelle Vitamin E and Omega E(flax), and now that she’s been weaned off all meds I’ve started her on Uckeles Laminox.
        R.I.P. "Henry" 4/22/05 - 3/26/2010 We loved you so much....gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN...i hope we meet again

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          #5
          ICE and do it NOW! https://deloeste.vet/how-do-i-ice-my-horses-feet/

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            #6
            Oops - now I see you are already icing. Good luck with your horse!

            Make it cold: Standing the horse in ice water is an old-time remedy, but now veterinarians have ramped up the treatment and discovered how helpful cryotherapy can be. The new protocol calls for icing affected limbs continuously for 48 to 72 hours straight to induce hypothermia. You couldn’t tolerate this, but your horse can, and research shows that it can significantly reduce damage in sepsis-related laminitis.

            “Cryotherapy is protective when it’s started before signs appear and even later, started when the horse first shows signs of lameness. It won’t save every horse, but there is a tenfold increase in risk if the horse is not iced,” Dr. Belknap says. “We know less about the effects of cryotherapy in endocrine-related and supporting-limb laminitis.” In those types there is no identifiable, immediate triggering event, and a horse can’t be kept on ice for weeks. But icing may still help when signs appear. “It certainly won’t hurt, and I would use it,” he says.

            Keeping the horse’s feet and lower limbs submerged in crushed ice around the clock is labor-intensive, he adds. A new ice boot developed by Soft-Ride with the input of Drs. Belknap and van Eps may help. Ice wraps aren’t as effective; the foot needs to be immersed in ice water.

            Ease pain and inflammation: The go-to medications for this are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, mainly flunixin meglumine (Banamine®) and phenylbutazone, which reduce pain as they break the cycle of inflammation. The dosage usually starts high and is adjusted as severe signs (pulse, pain, heat) ease.

            Support the feet: To take strain off the laminae, remove the horse’s shoes, which put most of his weight on the hoof wall. Support the sole by taping on commercial supports or foam pads. Any exercise could cause the laminae to give way, so keep the horse in a stall. Bed it deeply (or provide soft but supportive footing, such as sand) to provide cushion and encourage him to lie down as much as possible.

            from this article:
            https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/hea...n-horses-30952


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              #7
              There is great advice here so I am mostly adding good wishes. I will share I have had better luck for my IR/PPID beloved pony w Metabarol and Equinety than Insulinwise. Metabarol has significantly more resvertol.

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                #8
                My mare foundered pretty badly a few years ago. I didn't put her on any crazy meds, but got myself an excellent farrier. He put wooden clogs on her for 6 weeks (no joke - he literally took two hoof-shaped wooden blocks, spent some time fitting them and carving out the sole area, shaping them, and so on) and secured them with casting material. It was amazing! They took the pressure off and helped reduce her pain. She was rideable for a bit, but had another bout with it so she is retired now (second time wasn't as severe as I recognized the signs and caught it early, so we just did shoes with pads as she is normally barefoot). Also, I put her on a supplement called Heiro on the farrier's recommendation, I can't recall entirely but it was to help her be able to eat grass and reduce neck crestiness and other metabolic signs. She is no longer on it since the first round, but it did help her transition back to a normal routine so she can have normal amounts of grass and not have to be muzzled constantly as she was for a while after. Wishing you the best of luck with your guy!

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                  #9
                  A friend just went through this with her horse so I did some more reading. A couple things I read that I didn't already know are 1)NSAID's interfere with healing so the horse should only stay on them for 3 to 5 days, 2) get them into boots with thick pads until you can get them on sand or pea stone. The sooner you can get them on supportive footing the better the bony column will be supported and the less the laminae will separate.

                  Just from looking at her horse in boots with pads vs barefoot on sand, I'd say that the sand may be orders of magnitude better than the boots, not only because of the mechanics on the hoof but to help keep the bottom of the hoof cleaner and drier, so less thrushy.

                  Something that made a big impression on me years ago was the statement from a laminitis vet (Redden, maybe?) that the sooner treatment was started the better the prognosis, and that held true whether it was a severe or mild case. Now that I understand laminitis better I can see why that would be true.

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                    #10
                    I have an IR mini who foundered several times before I was able to get it under control. I find Antiflam as a daily supplement helps a lot, along with limited grass and a grazing muzzle. I’ve heard great things about the supplement Heiro but I haven’t tried it since Antiflam works for us and is easier to get.

                    Good luck!

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