The Horse

DEC 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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34 December 2018 The Horse | "The use of intra-articular medication is not without risk," says Laverty. "An infec- tion may arise following injection and can be catastrophic for the joint and horse." Q With all the oral joint supple- ments on the market, how do you know which ones work? Several studies summarize important tips for selecting quality joint supple- ments that are most likely to contain the type or amount of ingredient listed on the product label. "Of the wide array of joint supplements available to horse owners, independent laboratory analyses reveal that the major- ity of these products fall short of the labeled amounts," says Contino. "This creates a buyer-beware market, and many veterinarians are left making recommen- dations based on limited research from the company and/or based on a com- pany's reputation." Research-proven ingredients include glucosamine, chondroitin, avocado- soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), green tea extracts, fish oils containing the omega fatty acids EPA and DHA, among others. Products that do not contain adequate or appropriate levels of quality ingredients can delay treatment and negatively im- pact arthritic horses' quality of life. The message veterinarians continue to relay is this: Do your research before buying a supplement, consult your veteri- narian or equine nutritionist, follow the product's label directions, and critically evaluate your horse's condition. "Keep your eyes open for newer ingredients and information on joint supplements for OA," says Contino. "Recently, curcumin, turmeric, and other polyphenolic plant extracts such as resve- ratrol and grape seed extracts have been studied, (with) some of those, particularly resveratrol, showing promise for supple- mented horses." Q Are there noninvasive or more conservative ways to manage my horse's arthritis? Lack of adequate pain control, costs associated with treatment, and undesir- able side effects associated with com- mercial pain medications (e.g., gastric ulcers, diarrhea, weight loss, concerns about joints flares/infections) make horse owners covet alternative pain manage- ment strategies. These options include the nutritional supplements described, as well as acupuncture, shock wave therapy, Equine Osteoarthritis Ask your vet about JointWise TM Concerned about which joint supplement is best for your horse? Available only through your veterinarian. Developed by:, 859-873-2974 Scientiā€¢ cally formulated to maintain healthy joints while supporting soundness. Contains MSM. JointWise Scientiā€¢ cally formulated to maintain healthy joints while supporting soundness. Contains MSM. TH 2018-02b ALEXANDRA BECKSTETT/THE HORSE Check supplement label ingredient lists for ap- propriate amounts of research-proven products.

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