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How do you treat Arthritis?

Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. Unfortunately this is common in horses and may be caused by age, injury, poor conformation, normal wear and tear or a combination of these factors.

Equine joints are complex structures, so any suspicion of arthritis is best followed by a full examination by your veterinarian who will probably use radiography (xrays) to confirm his/her diagnosis.

Arthritis cannot be ‘cured’ but once the diagnosis is confirmed your veterinarian can choose from a range of treatment options including anti-inflammatory medications, injections and supplements that may slow down the progression of the disease. 

Health4Horses vet team