Getting a diagnosis of laminitis can be very worrying. Our equine vets are highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating laminitis in horses, and can help you manage, or ideally prevent this condition.
Laminitis is a painful and crippling condition in horses. Once diagnosed, horses are prone to repeat episodes. The condition can be managed but not cured, and can be fatal in extreme cases. This is why prevention is so important.
Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae of the foot – the soft tissue structures that attach the coffin/pedal bone of the foot to the hoof wall.
Inflammation and damage to the laminae cause severe pain and instability of the coffin bone in the hoof. In some cases, it can cause complete separation and rotation of the pedal bone within the hoof wall.
All four feet can be affected by laminitis, however, the forelimbs are more frequently and more severely affected than the hindlimbs.
Being able to spot the signs of laminitis early on can reduce your horse’s discomfort and the severity of the condition.
Call our vets as soon as possible if you spot the signs above on 01491 651479.
A common cause of laminitis is spring grazing. Typically, during the spring months after bouts of rain, the soluble carbohydrate content in grasses and clovers increases. When eaten, metabolic changes occur that alter blood flow to the laminae of the foot.
Laminitis workups can be time intensive as our team need to investigate the cause of the condition and the severity.
Once diagnosed, our vets may need to put an aggressive treatment plan in place to ensure the best outcome for your horse. Contact us for more advice or to book a visit from our equine vets.