|First Posted Feb 1. 2010|
Jul 30, 2010
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Horses
This link provides an excellent article on the Prudent Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.
"Equine veterinarians commonly prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses to treat a myriad of diseases, including colic, respiratory disease, and lameness. NSAIDs are also very common in human medicine, and they include such drugs as aspirin and ibuprofen. Most horse owners have probably used NSAIDs too, such as phenylbutazone, or 'bute,' in one of their horses at some point in time.
'NSAIDs are an invaluable medication and have a multitude of uses in equine medicine. When used appropriately, they are very safe for horses,' said Bradley Nelson, DVM, a Washington State University equine medicine and surgery intern. 'Like any medication, however, there can be side effects with NSAID use. It is important that horse owners only use these medications as directed by their veterinarian and when they are aware of the symptoms that horses with NSAID toxicity will demonstrate...'"
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