Need Help with my mini Charger
Charger started symptoms of Laminitis 3 months ago. He is in quite a bit of pain tonight. He has been on Gabapentin, Extra Strength Tylenol and (Bute as needed) for weeks. Has had X-rays twice 3 farriers, one retired and we finally found one wllling to meet vet to trim at same time of x-rays. Blood Work and now trying injections tonight of Ketamine. He has been on emergency diet for quite a long time and in cloud boots. Looking for next step to get his case started to see if there is anything else I can do to help him. Feeling pretty frustrated tonight. I can't see him suffer like this.
We know how hard it can be to see our beloved horses in so much pain, we've all been there. But you will find the help and support you need here to get through this, it's not easy but it's doable, we have had some remarkable recoveries in the group, so take a couple of deep breaths and read through the welcome message I will be attaching below.
It has tons of information to help you on the journey. The sooner you can get a case history done the better. But in the meantime, can you tell us more about Charger? His age, weight, the results of his bloodwork, etc. You can also try soaking his hay, some horses need much less than the 10% combined starch and sugar that is recommended. If it's cold put him in socks and leg wraps, keep him warm.
He may have an abscess brewing, and in that case, the NSAIDS won't help. They can do the opposite, keeping the abscess from mobilizing. They can be really painful. Please don't encourage movement, instead put his feed and water close and let him rest so he doesn't do more damage to his feet. If you can share your x-rays our hoof experts can comment on that.
Pain Relief Alternatives to Bute and Banamine (groups.io)
You will have to taper him off, instead, you can try devil's claw for pain, or Phyto-quench from Uckle and Jiaogulan to help with circulation.
You can also read about Gabapentin in Sherry's reply to Sharon's post below. Let us know if we can help with anything else.
Below is your personal introduction to DDT+E, the ECIR Group protocol found to immediately address the comfort and welfare of the metabolic equine. Bookmark this message so that during your journey you may return when you need to review more information. Blue font links in each section will lead to further evidence-based and sourced information. We include a folder specifically for vets and other pros. Links previously opened will display in grey when you return to this message.
IMPORTANT STEPS DURING ACTIVE LAMINITIS
START YOUR CASE HISTORY. Request membership in the ECIR Group Case History site. Completing a case history is critical for in-depth, individual help. Bookmark this link. Our new Case History site is designed so that once you are registered and approved, and you have enrolled your equine, you can come in and select which section you wish to work on, returning as you need to add or update information. Please add copies of all your bloodwork results to support the details of your history. Further guidance to get you started is available in the Wiki.
INFORMATION FOR YOUR VETERINARIAN. After two decades, the ECIR Group knows recommendations in DDT+ E are often different from the equine veterinary community. We offer documentation of protocols, with deep background, evidence, and the science behind recommendations in the Veterinary Information folder. Please review and share this valuable supportive info with the team working on the ground with you.
DIET: Crucial for an EMS/IR horse to lower insulin, the correct diet also supports the PPID equine’s delicate immune system.
In active laminitis, your first step is:
Your ultimate goal is:
EXERCISE: The equine must be non-laminitic, off NSAIDs and comfortable.
For a one-on-one, visual explanation of DDT+E, see ECIR Group Films.
For members outside North America, there are country-specific folders in the files and international lists in the Wiki to help you find local resources.
ecirhorse.org will provide more in-depth information. The FAQ section answers questions many new members have.
ECIR Group Facebook page.
ECIR Group Resources, printable for quick-scan access to more information when needed, such as in your barn.
ECIR discussion group Wiki provides information on the use of the Groups.io site including how to access the Case History site, information in the start here folder, message etiquette, and many how-to pages.
Bookmark these pages, as well as this message, for easier access when you need more info.
Bobbie and Maggie
Desi (over the rainbow bridge 7/21)
Utah, Nov 2018
ECIR Group Primary Response
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