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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1999 Aug;15(2):363-74.

Treatment of acute laminitis. Supportive therapy.

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Department of Large Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.


Over the last decade, both the farriery and veterinary professions have greatly increased their collective experience and understanding of the treatment of acute laminitis. Many horses that would have not been considered candidates for treatment 10 to 15 years ago are now saved, and some progress to successful careers as athletes. Unfortunately, the difficulties over prediction of the course of the disease persist, which continues to complicate treatment decisions. By its nature, supportive therapy is designed to make the horse more comfortable and limit further laminar injury by countering adverse biomechanical forces. Therefore, the success of treatment depends on the degree of instability between the distal phalanx and the hoof when treatment is started as well as the effectiveness of medical and supportive therapy.

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