Laminitis

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Laminitis

Symptoms

  • Sore feet/hooves
  • Heat and inflammation
  • Strong digital pulse
  • Shifting weight to the back legs
  • Horizontal ridges on the hooves (indicates previous history)
  • Hoof separation between the hoof wall and white line
  • Fast heel growth
  • Toe-first landings
  • Laminitis can occur in one or all four hooves, but usually affects both front hooves

Causes

  • Diet – high sugar/starch and/or grass diets
  • Insulin resistance and/or overweight – Refer to Equine Metabolic Page
  • Leaky Gut – Refer to Leaky Gut Page
  • Cushing’s Disease – Refer to Cushing’s Disease Page
  • Nutritional deficiencies – Refer to Nutrition Page
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor hoof trimming practices – long toes, high hoof walls, high heels, no peripheral weight-bearing of the sole
  • Long-term shoeing
  • Excessive concussion

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition

  • Eliminate all sugars, grain and carbohydrates
  • Eliminate all dietary fats and oils
  • No grass grazing

Recommended Remedies – dosages as per label

  • Happy Foot – Hoof nutrition, herbal anti-inflammatory, improves circulation
  • Joint Clear – Natural anti-inflammatory, aids stiffness and body pain, encourages natural cortisol production, helps heal leaky gut
  • Circu + Plus – Pain relief, improves circulation by dilating blood vessels, provides hoof nutrition, relieves pressure inside the hoof

Special Notes:

  • a) There are many cases of “sub-clinical” laminitis that do not present with heat, digital pulse or other clinical signs. These are usually misdiagnosed – often as arthritis or shoulder pain
  • b) Do not assume that your hoof care practitioner is doing a good job, or has experience with laminitis and/or that they understand what the optimum trim is for a laminitic hoof
  • c) Ensure a regular and properly balanced barefoot trim by studying images of a healthy hoof and learning how a hoof should be trimmed to allow the horse to grow a healthy foot. If necessary, get a second opinion from a barefoot trimmer or hoof care practitioner
  • d) No shoes
  • e) Use boots, foam pads or casts for comfort until healed
  • f) Don’t rely on boots or pads long-term – the sole must make contact with the ground for stimulation, flexion and circulation
  • f) ALL cases of laminitis can be rehabilitated despite what you may read or hear
  • g) It is no longer appropriate to euthanize laminitic horses
  • h) Laminitis does not kill horses; the decision to euthanize does