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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Dr. Grtty,
Our horse Boogie has acute laminitis. He was diagnosed 1/10. He is overweight. We have removed all food except bermuda grass hay. He is getting bute, asa, ng-naeo X 2,glue on shoes. X-rays suggested 27mm swelling and little to no rotation. Initally he responded well but has had a relapse the last two days and is severly sore. What is your opinion and is there any thing else we should be doing or not doing. Help!
Janelle from Scottsdale

Where are you from? Scotsdale, Arizona

How did you locate this forum? web search

Re: laminitis

Hello Janelle,

In light of the urgency of this situation, I will attempt to contact you by phone so I can get more information.

My goal during an acute situation of laminitis is to improve circulation and reduce imflammation. I also want to provide high quality nutrients to support new tissue growth. Most veterinarians will suggest that you remove all feed except grass hay. I agree that it is essential to remove all starch based feeds (grains), but I differ regarding other feed sources. I have a great deal of experience, including with my own mare, regarding feeding during acute stages and even managed to sway my own veterinarian over to my way of thinking. So, I am hoping to be able to help you, as well.

Hope to talk to you soon,

Dr. Getty