PAIN-CON­TROL OP­TIONS

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

When your horse is in pain, you want him to have re­lief as quickly as pos­si­ble. Which med­i­ca­tion will work best de­pends on the na­ture of his dis­com­fort as well as other fac­tors. For pain as­so­ci­ated with arthri­tis or other chronic mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems, the go-to drugs are phenylbu­ta­zone (“bute”) or firo­coxib (Equioxx). Both are non­s­teroidal an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drugs (NSAIDs) with a well-doc­u­mented his­tory of con­trol­ling or­tho­pe­dic pain. Di­clofenac sodium (Sur­pass) is a top­i­cal NSAID used for the same sorts of con­di­tions. In ad­di­tion, other less com­mon NSAIDs are used to com­bat or­tho­pe­dic pain. On the other hand, if your horse has eye pain, your vet­eri­nar­ian is more likely to reach for the NSAID flu­nixin

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