Imagine the pain if you slammed all your fingers and toes in a car door and then had to walk around on tiptoes! The poor horses and ponies that suffer from laminitis suffer terribly. I also hate it because, after a bout of laminitis, the feet are NEVER the same again. Changes occur that make further bouts more likely and can lead to long term discomfort. This is a disease that should never be tolerated and cases should always be treated as an emergency needing immediate attention.
Laminitis itself is very rarely the primary disease and most horses and ponies are suffering from another, ‘pre-disposing’ condition. This could be Cushings, Equine Metabolic Syndrome or, more rarely, over eating of grains or conditions involving infection such as enteritis and metritis. It’s always best to try and diagnose the primary disease as treating it can often prevent other trigger factors such as eating spring grass or long feet from causing laminitis.
Thankfully there are researchers working all over the globe trying to reduce the incidence of this horrible condition. More information can be found on thelaminitissite.org .
We’re here 24/7 to deal with emergency cases and to discuss eliminating as many trigger factors as possible. Don’t hesitate to give Chris, Keely or Jenny a call.
Chris Tufnell MRCVS
23rd April 2018