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Equine Arthritis
A Joint Approach

Arthritis can affect horses of any age - the key to successful treatment is early diagnosis and effective control to extend the active life of your horse.

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Arthritis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses, resulting in poor performance, loss of athletic function and frequently early retirement.

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  • Arthritis caused by Lameness 60%
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Diagnosing

Osteoarthritis

Diagnosing Osteoarthritis

Careful clinical examination may pinpoint the area of pain or discomfort and stressing the joint by active flexion (flexion test) may highlight the lameness.

Diagnosing

Osteoarthritis

Diagnosing

Osteoarthritis

Diagnosing

Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is believed to be responsible for

60%

of all lameness cases in the UK

Treating Osteoarthritis

In most cases, OA is a slowly progressive condition and cannot be cured, but it can be well managed allowing continued athletic function in many horses. Anti-inflammatory drugs are the mainstay of most treatments for OA. They act by reducing inflammation and provide pain relief. Most of their action is in blocking some of the inflammatory mediators produced in affected joints.

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Talk To Your Vet

If you are concerned that your horse may be experiencing any of the issues described on this page, we would encourage you to talk through these concerns with your vet.


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