About this site

I have been into horses all of my life but miniatures have played a major part of my life for the last few years. For such high maintainence animals it surprises me the lack of information or the trouble I have finding information on all sorts of things. With miniatures it seems like you are dealing with a whole different animal to a horse and there seems to be a lack of information for Australian Miniature Horses so I am hoping to coalate and provide information needed in the one area. Some of the things I have found is if you treat a Miniature Horse like a full grown one it can mean death to your Miniature so felt the need to publish a site. Thanks for reading and please come back as often as you like and need.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Anti-Inflammatory treatment for miniature horses

This is something that I thought needed to be posted sooner rather than later, at one time or another a horse may be faced with the need of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs) these are often used in lamitis or any sort of muscular, tissue damage within the horse.

Unless a vet deals with miniature horses often this issue could bypass him, it is your duty as the owner to know what is right for your horse so no use after the horse is suffering side complications to say should of would of could of.

The following information is an extract from Miniature Horses a Vetinary Guide for Owners and Breeders page 12.

The mainstay of treatment is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs). The most frequently used are phenykbytazone and flunixin meglumine (Banamine) The action of these drugs is to decrease the inflammation of the laminae. This helps to slow or stop the separation of the laminae and at the same time provides pain releif to the patient. The potent pain-releiving can mask the ongoing progression of the disease.

Careful dosing of the NSAIDs is critical in Miniature horses. Overdosing can result in ulceration of the stomach and ulceration of the colon, or kidney failure.
A single dose of phenylbutazone must never exceed 0.5 grams and the maximum dose of flunixin meglumine is 125mg. These doses are for adult Miniature Horses weighing 200-250 pounds (90-115kg) and must be decreased further in foals and smaller miniatures. The maximum dose must not be used for more than three days in adults and more than one day in foals. The safest approach to the use of NSAIDs is to use them only under the supervision of a veterinarian.

All the above information is to be used as a guide and is not to replace sound veterinary advise as I will not be held responsible for anything that should happen through following this information.

While the link below is a American site I feel the contained information is worth a read.