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The management of equine acute laminitis

Authors Mitchell CF, Fugler LA, Eades SC

Received 1 September 2014

Accepted for publication 24 October 2014

Published 22 December 2014 Volume 2015:6 Pages 39—47

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VMRR.S39967

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Takashi Agui

Colin F Mitchell, Lee Ann Fugler, Susan C Eades

Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Abstract: Laminitis is an extremely painful condition resulting in damage to the soft tissues anchoring the third phalanx to the hoof, which can result in life-threatening debilitation. Specific therapy is not available. The most important principles of therapy include aggressive nutritional and medical management of primary disease processes, cryotherapy, anti-inflammatory therapy, pain management, and biomechanical support. This review focuses on the principles of evidenced-based therapies.

Keywords: laminitis treatment, laminitis biomechanics, laminitis pain


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