As much as possible, we work to prevent joint injuries and diseases, but, one day we may suddenly find ourselves having to treat the horse in a joint anyway. If a joint injury or disease is detected, there are some important things to consider after treatment in the clinic. We want to help horses heal as quickly as possible and prevent them from falling back into the disease again.
Therefore, pay particular attention to the following three points:
Follow your vet's instructions carefully. It may feel like things are going slowly and you may be eager to get your four-legged friend going again. However, this can lead to a resurgence of arthritis and you'll be back to square one. What's more, the recurrence of arthritis can cause more permanent damage to the joint cartilage. Stay calm and follow the vet's instructions! We also want to clarify the importance of a good surface when starting your horse.
2. Observe the horse's reaction to the treatment
This point is extremely important and can be a matter of life or death. When treating a joint, a puncture is made directly into the joint. Although veterinarians are guaranteed to be thorough with washing and disinfection, there is always a risk of infection in the puncture wound after treatment. Symptoms of infection may include: fever, swelling of the joint, warmth in the joint, depression & increased pulse in the joint. If one or more of these symptoms occur, you should call your vet immediately! Joint infections are very serious and can have devastating consequences.
Stay calm and follow your vet's instructions!
3. Stimulate your horse
Depending on the degree of injury to the horse's joint, we may receive different directives on how to manage the horse after treatment. This may involve rest from work for a few days, sick bay and walking for a few weeks or total stall rest. It is then important to stimulate the horse for the sake of its mental health. It is also important to prevent other secondary problems, such as colic. Colic can easily occur when the horse moves less than usual and is allowed to stand for longer periods without chewing. Tips include using fine mesh chicken wire to extend the chewing time, replacing concentrated feed with alfalfa, for example, or setting up toys that activate the horse. This applies mainly to horses that have box rest but also to horses that are restricted in their movement. Convalescent homes can often be graveled or have limited access to grass, so it can be good to put out hay for the horse.
In addition to these three points, we recommend always a Conquest recovery course for horses that have been treated in one or more joints. The cure prolongs the effect of the injected treatment and helps to eradicate any remaining low-grade inflammation that is lingering. Boswellia Serrata (BS) enhances the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) by preventing its degradation and efficiently taking care of slag deposits. The role of HA is to act as a lubricant and shock absorber. It also provides essential nutrients to all the ligaments and structures of the joint while transporting waste products out of the joint.
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