Looking for Symptoms

By: David Thill
July, 2017

Early action could help decrease the long-term effects of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis – often referred to simply as OA – is painful, not only for humans, but for their horses, too. The condition, in which the horse’s protective joint cartilage erodes, leading to bone exposure, is one common factor contributing to lameness. But lameness is not the only symptom. By looking for other earlier symptoms, such as inflammation, and taking steps to mitigate them, horse owners may be able to keep OA from becoming a significant problem.

Categories: Osteoarthritis, Equine 2017 Summer

Not All Lameness is Osteoarthritis

By: Jennifer Ryan
November, 2016

Veterinarians evaluate each case of lameness for potential signs of osteoarthritis whether in young or old horses 

In horses, it’s estimated that up to 60 percent of lameness cases are associated with osteoarthritis. Yet, not every equine lameness case signals the start of this progressive disease that doesn’t (yet) have a cure.

That’s why veterinarians evaluate each case in detail to determine its cause and outline treatments. Treatment options may be similar to dogs and cats, but the way the disease is expressed especially in
performance horses that are asked to slide, stop or jump may be dramatically different than in the family dog.


Categories: Equine, Equine Edition Winter 2016, Osteoarthritis


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