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My mare is 295 days pregnant and has rotated coffin bone and very painful despite special shoes. I hate giving her bute. She is bagged and so I have her on Regimate to try to delay her foaling until the foal is viable. The vet recommends a deep flexor tendonotomy as soon as she foals. Is there anything other than bute to help with her pain? Is there anything else but the surgery. This all started with a stone bruise that two vets pared until the coffin bone was visable and then she developed osteomylitis. She recovered but has not been sound but not painful. She has rotated more while pregnany and become very lame. I feed grass hay and a low carb suppliment. I'm confused about vitamins and minerals and my vet offers no suggestions. I have started her on a hoof suppliment...farriers secret. Is it bad for the foal?? I have also started adding Mare Plus. Thank you for any suggestions.  -Mary-

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March 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM



Dear Mary,

Arthro-IonX would be a safe alternative for pain relief. I would also get a veterinary acupuncturist to treat her. It can reduce the amount of inflammation in the hoof and make her more comfortable. After the birth he or she can treat more aggressively. I do not know what affect your herbs will have. I would ask the acupuncturist. The company I order Chinese herbs from have cautionary recommendations for some of their products if the animal is pregnant or nursing. Depending upon the response you get to acupuncture perhaps you can avoid the tendonotomy.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
March 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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