Laminitis also called founder is a disease of the hoof, causing pain and lameness that can range from from mild to devistating.
Laminitis results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot, which secure the coffin bone to the hoof wall. While the exact mechanisms are complex and incompletely understood. Although laminitis occurs in the feet, the underlying cause is often a disturbance elsewhere in the horse's body.
Diseases that can precipitate laminitis include:
Signs of acute laminitis include the following:
Signs of chronic laminitis, often referred to as founder, may include the following:
Treatment of laminitis is best instituted early in the course of disease:
Removal of continued insults:
Diagnosis and treatment of underlying conditions is essential:
Once the acute laminitic episode is controlled, you must be vigilant as recurrent episodes or chronic laminitis can follow. Maintaining your horse on an appropriate diet and exercise program is essential. Each horse is an individual and specific recommendations are made for each case.
Radiographs are used to evaluate extent of disease and response to treatment. Working with an experienced farrier is essential. Some horses are best maintained barefoot others do best in specialized shoes. A dedicated team working together is essential for treatment success.
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