Understanding Joint Inflammation in Horses

Use this visual guide to understand how equine arthritis develops and how horses’ joints can degrade over time. Sponsored by Zycosan.
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While OA might not be completely avoidable as a horse ages, early diagnosis and conscientious care can slow its advance and minimize associated pain and disability. Let's review how arthritis develops and joints degrade.While OA might not be completely avoidable as a horse ages, early diagnosis and conscientious care can slow its advance and minimize associated pain and disability. Let's review how arthritis develops and joints degrade.

We often think of OA affecting the joints in the limbs, such g as hocks, knees, stifles, and fetlocks, but it can develop in
§ any joint where two cartilage-covered bones meet--called an articular joint. Joint trauma and inflammation initiate a complex series of events that ultimately
damages all associated joint tissues. Osteoarthritis might be inevitable in performance horses and older horses whose joints have endured years of wear and tear. To slow the inflammatory cascade, work with your veterinarian to incorporate preemptive strategies or joint-protecting products into your horse's care plan.

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