Laminitis in Horses: Sign, Diagnosis and Treatment

Laminitis, a typical stance of a horse or pony suffering from laminitis

What is Laminitis? Laminitis is an extremely painful condition that affects the sensitive laminae (tissues) of the horse’s hoof. It results in pain, inflammation, and, in some cases, permanent damage to the laminae. Horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules are susceptible to the condition. The laminae are interwoven specialised ‘leaves’ of tissue which suspend the pedal bone within the hoof. In mild cases of Laminitis, appropriate treatment will resolve the problem with no lasting effect. If the inflammation is more severe and progressive, the sensitive laminae may lose their blood supply,…

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