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New Ceva leaflet helps horse owners understand equine back pain
3:16pm Friday 20th July 2012 in Equine
Ceva Animal Health has produced a leaflet to help horse owners understand the cause, diagnosis and management of equine back pain. It complements Ceva’s helpful series of waiting room leaflets for horse owners. The management of back pain in the horse can be a particular challenge to vets and a source of frustration for owners. Early diagnosis is likely to be associated with a more favourable outcome but it’s important to ensure that other causes of pain and poor performance such as lameness, are not contributing to the horse’s clinical signs.
Acute back pain can be a result of trauma, such as a fall, damaging the bony and soft tissue structures. If severe trauma is incurred, horses may develop neurologic abnormalities. Chronic back pain may be a result of abnormalities in the bones that make up the vertebral column, such as: impingement of the dorsal spinous processes, arthritis of the articular processes and vertebral spondylosis.
‘Understanding back pain’ clearly explains the anatomy of the back, as well as the clinical signs of back pain and how it is diagnosed, including the treatment options and the general prognosis. Copies of the new leaflet are available, free of charge, from your local equine vet practice. Leaflets on ‘Understanding bone spavin’, ‘Understanding navicular disease’, ‘Understanding sacroiliac disease’ and ‘Equidronate© discharge instructions’, are also available.
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