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How Do You Treat Arthritis In An Older Pony?

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How Do You Treat Arthritis In An Older Pony?

Postby Daylen » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:57 pm

You should always first obtain veterinary diagnosis before assuming anything.
If a diagnosis of osteoarthritis is confirmed, then treatment options should be determined based on the medical history and current health status of the individual horse.
It is never wise to arbitrarily start feeding supplements to any horse without knowing why it is appropriate and monitoring to determine the efficacy and safety of the chosen treatment.
Not all stiffness results from arthritis.


Add per barefoot...........

Asking your vet to prescribe Previcox for your horse , which is only FDA approved for use in dogs, is asking your vet to violate federal law and risk losing his or her license to practice medicine.
Equioxx is the only FDA approved firocoxib formulation for use in horses, and it is only approved for 14 consecutive days of treatment.

Some vets are willing to bend the laws, and some owners are either unaware of the risks, or are willing to ignore them.

Here is some information on firocoxib.
In particular, check out p. 3,, right column, section on "Overdose" and scroll to "horses" in this publication from the US pharmacopeia on firocoxib (active ingredient in Previcox). http://vetmed.tamu.edu/common/docs/publi...

To say there are no known side effects with Previcox (brand name for firocoxib) is not accurate, and it disregards the fact that the drug can rapidly become toxic in horses. This drug is toxic to horses at a significantly lower dose than is tolerated in dogs, and unlike in dogs, the drug progressively accumulates in equine tissues and has been shown to reach toxic levels within 14 to 30 days of daily treatment at therapeutic dosage.
This has been established during the extensive clinical trials required to obtain FDA approval of Equioxx for use in horses,

Firocoxib has proven to be metabolized vastly differently from one species to another.
It is deadly to cats at any dosage.
Toxic papillonecrosis and/or tubulointerstitial nephropathy (kidney disease) becomes evident in significant numbers of horses within 30 days or less at therapeutic daily dosage of firocoxib.
A list of other toxicities have also been identified in horses within 30 days of firocoxib treatment.
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Postby Geordie » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:01 pm

An injection of lead just behind the ear has been known to work wonders.
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Postby Chagai » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:03 pm

If he can tolerate light exercise, that would be good.
You can give him a joint supplement like Cosequin and I would speak to the vet about giving him Previcox on a daily basis for his inflammation and discomfort.
It works wonders and there are no knows side effects.
I have a horse that has been on it for almost 5 years and he is doing great.
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Postby Harleigh » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:04 pm

My 30 year old horse has arthritis in his two back legs, and it gets worse in the winter...we give him bute, you can get it from the vet, you just mix it with water in syringe and give it to them, or if they dont take stuff through syringes you can mix it in with their feed, just make sure you water it down. It helps my horse a lot and keeps him feeling better.

Hope this helps! Best of luck!
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Postby desmond » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:08 pm

What you can do:

- give bute, but it is not meant for long time use as it can cause harm to internal organs (two weeks is usually the longest you can give at a time, then a break). but also, it is like horse aspirin, it is not really fixing it, but is a pain killer.

- you can get a joint/arthritis supplement (I like MSM and Cosequin)

- you can get hock injections from your vet

What to do in the meantime:

- cold makes it worse. keep the horse warm

- lunge or light ride the horse, the worst thing you can do is just let them sit; staying still makes it get worse and worse (like leaving a rusting metal outside, it gets worse)

Good luck!
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Postby mokovaoto » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:09 pm

Odds are it's founder. If this was my pony she would have no grain or maybe just a handful of a grain a day. Ponies and especially fat ponies with a history of founder DO NOT need grain. I would keep her in a dry pen for several weeks or months and see if you have any lameness issues. If she stays sound in the pen, then you pretty much know it's founder.
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Postby Matty » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:12 pm

Try Bengay or another analgesic rub. Try it on a small portion of the animals skin first to ensure it doesn't cause a negative reaction and as always, talk to your vet before.
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Postby Eanrin » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:13 pm

I have a 23 year old horse with arthritis, i have her on herbs for horses glusomine and if she`ll really sore then i give her bute, thats about all that works with her.

but be careful not to keep your horse on bute, to long.
only give to her on really bad days.

hope this helps.
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Postby stigols73 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:15 pm

Talk to your vet about your concerns. They may be able to give them some injections, or prescribe medication. It would also be good to get him on a good joint supplement and keep his work light or just retire him.
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