Posted by Vicki McGaugh on July 28, 2000 at 11:16:06:
In Reply to: Sore joints? posted by Cathy on July 27, 2000 at 18:54:23:
Sounds alot like founder/laminitis to me. A fever/inflammation in the feet/hooves caused usually from an over abudance or change in protein levels of the feed. It is very common for does who have rumen acidosis, from the feeding of to much grain or of pellets that contain animal by-products as their soul ration of protein. A very common occurance is horses. I would trim her feet, once the swelling an fever have gone down, which occurs quickly and may be gone now, you will usually see where her hoof wall has seperated from the pad. She will also have new horny growth of the hoof that look like clear resin, and is tough to cut. The only therapy is to use painkillers, Bute, Banamine (but can only be used for short periods of time) or asprin orally (also protecting her rumen from oral asprin with probios). Keep her feat trimmed short. Please feel free to contact me if you need me. Vicki McGaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
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