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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2005 Dec;21(3):547-57, v.

Systemic therapies for joint disease in horses.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Medical College, VMC C3-181, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.


Systemic therapies for joint disease may be prescribed when a single joint is involved or when multiple sites are affected. The precise therapeutic regimen recommended depends on the duration,cause, and site(s) of injury and is often an adjunct to intra-articular or supportive therapies. If the clinical signs of joint disease are acute and moderate in severity, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often administered to alleviate pain and inflammation. When aiming for more of a generalized maintenance or chondro-protective regimen, an alternative medication, such as hyaluronan,polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, or a nutraceutical will commonly be prescribed.

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