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Foundered hoof with casting material and packing

Preventive treatments cryotherapy and supporting at-risk hoofs with packing and casting are featured in an article about laminitis in the ‘Daily Racing Form’:

Vets Gain Ground against Disease Suffered by Paynter and Barbaro

“Veterinarians don’t just look to the foot when tackling laminitis. They carefully consider the underlying cause and then try to stabilize that cause, Orsini said. And today, they are applying therapies aggressively to at-risk horses, not just to those showing acute signs of laminitis, said Dr. Bryan Fraley, a farrier and veterinarian whose Fraley Equine Podiatry is affiliated with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky.

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Header from Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Important news from Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog:

Equine Laminitis: 2012 Video Education Update from the Animal Health Foundation

“The Animal Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds laminitis research at Dr Chris Pollitt’s Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit and at universities in the United States, has assembled a quick course update for horse owners and horse professionals on preventing, managing and treating the disease of equine laminitis.

While there is still much that we don’t know about laminitis, Donald Walsh, DVM has prepared a primer that should make clear the current state of practical information.

Please watch all five videos in the Animal Health Foundation’s EQUINE LAMINITIS 2012 UPDATE and share these videos with everyone in the horse world. This is important information.”

Go to Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog to watch the videos!

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The photo below shows a closeup view of a hoof with a fairly advanced case of white line disease. The infection has destroyed the inner unpigmented layer of the hoof wall, leaving behind a v-shaped slot between the dark-colored outer wall and the yellowish white line.

Because it is difficult to medicate the active disease at the top of such a deep cavity, the hoof wall has been cut away and diseased tissue has been removed.

labeled photo of hoof infected with white line disease

White line disease is an infection that can attack and destroy large areas of your horse’s hoof wall.

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Read the articles linked below to learn about different theories on White Line Disease – the micro-organisms involved, other contributing factors, and effective treatments.

Various approaches have been used to explore the causes and processes of this disorder.  Scientists have tried to identify the micro-organisms involved and to artificially create the disorder in healthy horses to explore contributing factors – often with inconsistent and conflicting results.  The articles below cover some the most commonly-mentioned studies, discussing the methods used, and the results and conclusions.

Management of White Line Disease
By Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Taking the Mystery out of White Line Disease
By Dr. Richard Shakalis & Dr. John Pautienis

Examining White Line Disease
By Dr. Michael A. Ball, Michael Wildenstein and Sang Shin

White Line Disease – What is it?
By Richard Dunivant

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The Equine Cushing’s Disease and Insulin Resistance website is complimentary to the Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Yahoo Group (EC and IR Group).  These resources are your first stop for comprehensive and up-to-date information about Equine Cushing’s, Insulin Resistance, Laminitis, and Founder. Read the rest of this entry »

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