Laminitis has multiple causes, some of which commonly occur together. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. Laminae attach the bones of the hoof to the inner hoof wall. When laminitis strikes, blood supply is diminished to the laminae, causing them to die off and lose their hold on the pedal bone. Once that bond has begun to break down, the bone will begin to rotate down and fall through the sole of the hoof and cause the horse to founder.
Possible Causes of Laminitis
- Grazing on lush grass
- Overeating concentrated grains/pellets
- Overexposure to dewormers
- Medications (corticosteroids) and vaccinations
- Mental stress
- Concussion stress (working on hard ground)
- Cushing’s Disease
- Illnesses involving toxaemia
- Hormonal problems
- Weight-bearing laminitis (due to extreme lameness on one side, where the opposing side takes all the weight)
- Cold weather
Treatment and prognosis depend on the phase of the disease. Laminitis First Aid Treatment is vital. Styrofoam Support Block and Purple Podiatry Pads are known to be one of the safest and most effective treatments for acute hoof pain.
Learn how to use styrofoam pads and create a wrap using duct tape properly by watching this great clip. According to EDSS Hoof Care, 2″ blue or pink construction Styrofoam work great. They come in sheets and can be cut to size needed.
For more information visit The Laminitis Clinic.