Hoof Resections May Boost Blood Supply With Laminitis

When problems in the hoof wall are reducing the blood supply to the laminae and leading to further inflammation, equine veterinarian Amy Rucker says it may be time to consider a resection. The Columbia, Mo., equine veterinarian says septic fluid from the distal rim of the coffin bone, caused by compromised blood flow and dying tissues, will sometimes travel up the lamellar interface and break out at the coronary band.

Even with initial treatment, the coronary band may swell and prolapse over the hoof wall, resulting in swollen tissue that can lead to further inflammation and blood restriction. Rucker says a resection can relieve the pressure on the laminae and allow the restoration of needed blood circulation.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

A recent study at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 35% of adults get less than 7 hours of nightly sleep. The group’s researchers maintain that’s not enough and point out that a lack of sleep increases many problems, including high blood pressure and vehicle accidents. Some 38% of the surveyed adults admitted to nodding off while driving, which is nearly as hazardous as people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Nearly 17% of fatal car and truck accidents involve a sleepy driver.

Soaking Feet In Buckets Of Ice Helps After Laminitis Sets In

While previous research has shown that soaking feet in ice and water can slow the progression of internal damage immediately after…

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