Pain Management Options for Horses With Laminitis

Dr. Lori Bidwell lists pain relief medications and therapies that can help horses with acute or chronic laminitis.
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Laminitis can be an excruciatingly painful disease for affected horses, as the connective tissues that suspend the coffin bone within the hoof become inflamed and damaged. While you can’t make a laminitic horse lie down to relieve the pain and weight on his feet, you can use a variety of drugs and therapies to provide him with some relief. Lori Bidwell, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, of East West Equine Sports Medicine, describes them in this excerpt from our Ask The Horse Live podcast, ‘Equine Pain and Discomfort.’ Listen to the full recording here.

About the Expert:

Lori Bidwell

Lori Bidwell, DVMLori Bidwell, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, and a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She did her internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and completed her anesthesia residency at Michigan State University. She was the head of anesthesia at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine and has been on faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2015 she co-founded East West Equine Sports Medicine, a sports medicine practice that covers veterinary services for hunter/jumper circuits on the West and East Coasts. Bidwell also consults in anesthesia for equine practices, teaches part of a study abroad program in Thailand and South Africa, and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally. Bidwell competes with her horses in the amateur owner jumper divisions.

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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