EQUUS - - Targeted Relief From -

Joy came back from the show with more than rib­bons. The plea­sure mount had picked up a res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion some­where in her trav­els and was now a fever­ish, snotty messy. After eval­u­a­tion and test­ing it was de­ter­mined she had stran­gles, an in­fec­tion of the up­per res­pi­ra­tory tract. With quar­an­tine pro­to­cols in place, the vet­eri­nar­ian gave Joy’s owner in­struc­tions on sup­port­ive nurs­ing care, which in­cluded a daily NSAID.

NSAIDs aren’t just for treat­ing in­juries and arthri­tis. Sys­temic ill­nesses, such as res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, are also in­flam­ma­tory pro­cesses. In this case, Banamine, our soft-tis­sue drug of choice, was used. It helped her feel bet­ter by in­hibit­ing in­flam­ma­tion in the res­pi­ra­tory tract and by low­er­ing the fever. But the ben­e­fits stretched beyond there: It also helped her breathe eas­ier and be­cause she felt bet­ter she was able to con­tinue grazing and drink nor­mally, which helped her avoid im­paction colic. The ju­di­cious use of NSAIDs can help keep a small ill­ness from snow­balling into much larger prob­lems.

I typ­i­cally go with Banamine to treat a horse with a fever re­lated to a sys­temic ill­ness, de­liv­er­ing it as an in­jec­tion my­self and leav­ing the owner with a tube of paste for con­tin­ued treat­ment. For a sys­temic ill­ness, I typ­i­cally try not to keep a horse on it for more than five days, at which point we’d ex­pect him to be well on the road to re­cov­ery.

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