LAMENESS IN HORSES
LAMENESS can be due to trauma, inherited genetic conformation, or infection in the joints . The most frequent is trauma. See "Bleeding" in my handbook and emergency first aid kit, section if relevant. Acute phase: Early in any trauma, ice packs to the injured area is essential to slow the bleeding into the tissues, swelling and pain. Apply 20 minutes on, one hour off the area. Also dose with Dr. Dodd's Custom Homeopathic "Tissue Injury30C" hourly as needed.
LAMENESS, Inflammatory Type: (limb is hot, painful with pressure, and generally swollen.) If in foot area, search for puncture wounds, insect bite (round hard swelling with tiny center hole or stinger), bruising (bluish discoloration of skin). If the foot is held off the ground, it may be an injury higher in leg, involving a joint. For wounds see "Wounds", for insect bites see "Insect Bites". If you suspect a fracture, see section on "Car Accident-broken bones" in my emergency handbook..
Take the horse's rectal temperature and see if there is a fever (see "Fever'), rectal temps over 102 degrees F. are considered fever state in horse as well as pets. Make animal comfortable, dose by mouth; Calming Essence and my Custom Homeopathic "Tissue Injury Formula 30C" and "Hepar Sulf 6x" hourly as needed until temperature lowers to normal. Dose with lots of water ( by mouth with the handy 2 0z. plastic squirt bottle that comes with the emergency kit) to prevent dehydration. If high fever persists for more than 24 hours or if unable to reduce high fever within a few hours and horse is weakening-seek professional help.
LAMENESS, Arthritic Type: (little swelling, no tissue heat, and lameness improves with exercise). I have included this in the emergency handbook, because there can be considerable pain to your horse with this condition. Pain control is necessary, but the underlying problem is best treated by a veterinarian. Dose by mouth: Dr. Dodd's Custom Homeopathy "Arthritis 30 C "and "Exostosis 30C" every hour to maintenance dosage of 3-6 x daily as needed.
Gently massage and apply heat (heating pad on low) over painful joint(s). North pole magnets in my Magnetic Equine Wrap products help relieve pain and swelling. We have had marvelous relief with the Healing Halter made for horses. It not only relieves muscle spasm and pain, but balances the energy flows through all the body's organ systems thereby strengthening their function.
Many times, It's been my experience, that chronic lameness is due to malalignemt of the spine, which torques the body off center and throws abnormal weight and stress on joints of the legs.A good way to check this is to study the following illustrations that show this malalignment graphically of the spine of the animal from front and rear views:
Front view horse, straight on, and on level ground, shows a difference in right and left shoulder heights and ear to skull juncture levels.
You must check both Front and Rear View of the horse.
Rear View of horse, straight on and on level ground shows different heights between right and left hip area ( tip of the horse's Tuber Ileum of the pelvic bone), and juncture between ears and skull.
You can give medication till the cows come home and the lameness will only worsen, with joint ligament and cartilage permanently damaged. This situation needs Chiropractic adjustment. Seek professional help. Check the AHVMA directory for local chiropractic holistic vets listed in reference linkage section of my webpage.
For healing of tendon and ligament injuries and lameness, give Dr. Dodd's Custom Homeopathic "Acute Tendon and Ligament Formula 30C" ( if acute pain, and swelling is due to early injuries to tendons and ligaments) hourly to 6x daily, or "Chronic Tendon and Ligament Formula 60C" for chronic conditions (symptoms lasting more than 2 weeks) as maintenance treatment 6 x daily as needed.
The healing halter and north pole magnet leg wraps help speed recovery. I once saved a horse from surgery on his right knee. The Arabian stallion was severely lame and the owner had made the appointment at the Davis, Ca. UC Teaching Veterinary Hospital.
My examinataion of the animal revealed a malalignment of the lower lumbar vertebrae( the horse had been so painful in his low back he had bucked the owner off when he saddled and mounted), and atlas and several neck vertebrae .
I administered "Calming Essence" to relieve fear and anxiety in the horse, adjusted the vertebrae, and left the homeopathic remedies for "Acute Tendon and Ligament 30C' formula for the owner to administer. 48 hours later the owner was riding a sound horse. Surgery was unnecessary and would only have compounded the problem with a permanently lame horse that would generally have been euthanized.
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