Whether your horse is an athlete who experiences aches and pains associated with training and competition, or he is an older horse in the golden age, creaking years, analgesic drugs play an important role in keeping our horses comfortable and moving as freely as possible.
Using analgesics as a horse pain reliever is similar to us using drugs like ibuprofen to relieve disturbing body aches.
It is important to note that analgesics do not necessarily correct the source of the problem. They function as a palliative by relieving pain or reducing problems without overcoming the underlying cause.
What some products (anti-prostaglandin) do is break the pain cycle caused by the release of prostaglandins associated with inflammation; other products (sedatives and opioids) act to block the reception of pain through the central nervous system.
What are some examples of where horses can benefit from a dose of pain reliever? The list is long, but the most common reason for horses to relieve pain comes from:
- Traumatic injury
- Colic pain
- Eye inflammation
How do you determine when to use painkillers? The attitude and attitude of your horse can talk a lot about the level of discomfort.
Behavior changes or posture cues give clues that the horse has difficulty. The pain usually increases the heart rate above the normal number of 32-40 beats per minute.
Appetite often decreases in painful horses. If the pain is significant, the horse may fail to interact with other horses and/or may not be sensitive to normal environmental stimuli.