The Horse

FEB 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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25 February 2018 THE HORSE DUSTY PERIN SAMANTHA MILES, BVM&S, MRCVS These drugs are an integral part of your veterinarian's pain- and inflammation-fighting arsenal, but sometimes they do more harm than good Help or Harm? O ne of the most distressing things about horse ownership is seeing your beloved animal in pain. Whether it be colic- or lameness-related, your first instinct is to try to relieve the discomfort. Many horse owners have medications that their veteri- narians have prescribed to manage their horses' pain in these instances. But is administering these always the best deci- sion? Could doing so cause more harm than good? The most commonly administered medications for treating painful conditions in horses are phenylbutazone (Bute), flunixin meglumine NSAIDs

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