One of the country’s leading experts in laminitis, the veterinary surgeon David Rendle from the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, is presenting a live online broadcast on how the veterinary profession’s understanding of this debilitating and devastating disease has been completely revolutionised over the past five years. As a result of new research, owners battling with laminitis have a real opportunity to shape a positive future for their horse, avoiding further painful episodes.
“Historically laminitis has been viewed as solely a nutritional problem, frequently occurring as a result of horses grazing lush pasture,” explains David. “However, recent studies indicate that 90% of horses develop laminitis due to an underlying hormonal disease such as Equine Cushing’s Disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and the ingestion of sugars, for example in lush pasture, may just be a trigger factor for laminitis in horses with these diseases.”
The online broadcast characterises Equine Cushing’s Disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome and offers practical tips and advice on the diagnosis, treatment and management required to help prevent laminitis in horses with these conditions. Central to this is the importance of testing all horses and ponies with laminitis for these hormonal diseases so that veterinary surgeons are fully informed about how to treat and manage the horse in the future.
“Unless the underlying cause of the laminitis is addressed, horses will continue to be at risk of painful recurrent episodes which is a significant welfare issue to the horse and extremely frustrating for owners. As our knowledge of the two hormonal diseases responsible for the majority of cases of laminitis improves, veterinary surgeons can offer their clients more comprehensive advice on treatment options to prevent laminitis. For many owners who have struggled with this condition, this is an absolute relief and revelation,” continues David Rendle.
Taking place at 8.00pm on Wednesday 10 April, the online broadcast is part of the nationwide ‘Talk About Laminitis’ disease awareness initiative, supported by the British Horse Society, World Horse Welfare and Redwings. The broadcast is an absolute must for owners of laminitis prone horses looking to help prevent further suffering or irreversible damage to feet. The programme will run for one hour including an interactive Q&A session when you will be able to email in questions for David Rendle to answer live. To register to view the online programme, visit www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk.
Free laboratory fees
During the ‘Talk About Laminitis’ campaign, which runs from April until the end of June, Boehringer Ingelheim is offering free laboratory fees for the blood test used to detect Cushing’s disease. The initiative is aimed at raising the awareness of the underlying hormonal causes of laminitis, and is supported by Redwings, The British Horse Society and World Horse Welfare.
To participate in the free testing scheme, talk to your vet or visit www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk to download your free blood test voucher*. If your horse tests positive for Cushing’s, the disease can then be treated and managed appropriately. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical if the crippling changes seen in the feet caused by laminitis are to be avoided.
For further information, please contact your veterinary surgeon or visit www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.uk .