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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Dr Getty, hello
My old girl has a swollen back knee.
do you think that there is anything i can do for her. The injury is aprox a month old.
Hot or cold treatment? I think she may have pulled it in a muddy creek.
do you think it could possibly be to late to treat?
my last question, can you tell me the difference between butazone and cortazone? do you think these could help?
thanks marcie

Where are you from? B.C. Canada

Re: swelling

Hi Marcie,

At this stage of her injury, hot compresses would be best. At the same time, I would suggest that you give her MSM to ease the inflammation. Aspirin would also be helpful for a short term treatment.

Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal of pain killer that reduces inflammation. Hydrocortizone is a steroid that reduces inflammation. They have different actions in the body and cannot be used long term.

If her pain is chronic, there are non-bute containing preparations available that may be helpful. However, first try MSM.

All the best,

Dr. Getty