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Laminitis in Horses

Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of hoofed animals (ungulates) and it is found mostly in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include foot tenderness progressing to inability to walk, increased digital pulses, and increased temperature in the hooves. Severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs are known by the colloquial term ‘founder’, and progression of the disease may lead to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof, requiring aggressive treatment or euthanasia.

Homeopathic Treatment of Laminitis

The following homeopathic remedies will help horses who experience extreme discomfort and acute pain. In the acute form it affects all four feet at the same time time, the horse will be reluctant to move, the animal leans back making the it extremely difficult to to encourage it to go forward at all. There will be heat over the coronary band at the top of the hoof and usually pain, sweating, rapid breathing and a worried expression on the face…

Aconite 30c

Use this remedy immediately, when the onset is suspected.

Dosing Example: Give the 30c potency, every 15-30 minutes, up to 4-6 doses.

Belladonna 30c

This remedy will follow aconite well if there is fever, bounding pulse, nervousness and dilated pupils.

Dosing Example: Give this remedy hourly for 4-6 doses. Then you can continue dosing 3-4 times daily for a few days if the animal is responding. Note: the remedy in 1M potency is good to treat laminitis, but should be used under the guidance of a homeopathic vet.

Subsequent Flair Ups…

Initially use the remedies outlined above. It may then be beneficial to change to a more appropriate remedy that matches the presenting symptoms…

Nux vomica 30c

Nux is a good choice for any toxic condition and laminitis is toxic. Consider this remedy if the animal becomes fidgety and irritable as the condition arises. Prescription drugs, rich food, too much food, lush grass, digestive problems may bring about this condition. Nux vom. can aid digestion and the liver in ridding the body of toxins.

Dosing Example: Dose 2-3 times daily for 5 to 7 days until improved.

Chronic Laminitis…

Rhus Toxicodendron 6c

Switch to this remedy if the condition has made the horse lame. It is for animals who seem to loosen up after movement, i.e. The more they move the more limber they get (like a rusty gate). These animals will be restless. They can’t seem to get comfortable so they move about trying to find a better position.

Dose Example: Give Rhus 30c, 2-3 times daily until there is a noticeable improvement. This may take a few weeks or possibly a month or two.

Calcarea fluorica 30c

This remedy is useful in chronic cases to assist in the regeneration of damaged tissue inside the hoof.

Dosing Example: Give the remedy morning and evening, one or two days a week. Example: Dose the remedy twice daily, on Sunday and Wednesday. Keep this up for for 4-6 weeks. if necessary.

For a complete guide in learning how to give a remedy, repeat the dose and what potency to use for animals in both acute and chronic disease we recommend…

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