The managment of both acute and chronic laminitis can be devastatingly difficult. Laminitis is best treated early, as soon as clinical signs are apparent (which may be subtle), but conditions can easily deteriorate even with the best of treatment. While laminitis has been a mysterious condition in the past, a great deal of research in recent years has focused on the disease pathology and possible treatments. If your horse is foot sore, particularly when turning, or exhibits a "rocked back" stance (bearing most weight on the hind feet), a veterinary exam and x-rays may help diagnose the horse early, and initiate treatment quickly enough to allow the horse to make a full recovery.
Why Foundation Equine?
Dr. Kivett believes strongly that the treatment of laminitis, both acute and chronic, requires a "team approach," with the owner, veterinarian and farrier all playing critical roles. Each and every case of laminitis is different, and remaining open to different treatment modalities is extremely important. High-quality digital radiographs (x-rays), available on the farm, can help all team members make point-of-care decisions in the best interest of the horse. In cases of laminitis, Dr. Kivett will remain dedicated to the provision of the best care for each individual case- implementing dietary changes, mechanical changes to the hoof, and pharmacologic therapy when necessary. In addition, she will work together with other professionals to give the best chance of a positive outcome. Dr. Kivett is currently seeking new cases of laminitis for participation in the American Association of Equine Practitioners large-scale research project, which seeks to better understand the factors leading to development of laminitis.