The Cost of Treating Laminitis

A veterinarian and three farriers discuss the cost of treatment and how it affects their approach to helping the horse

Editor’s Note: In upcoming issues of American Farriers Journal, we will feature a series on our current understanding of laminitis and how to treat varied states of the disease. This article serves as an introduction to that series because the reality of the cost of treating this disease and the owner’s willingness to finance or commit often affect the success of helping the patient.

Like any disease, treating laminitis comes at a cost. Usually it is the financial aspects that one — especially the client — considers. Cost for diagnosis and treatment may include radiographs, medicines, and the professional fees of the vet and farrier to name a few. Furthermore, the owner may need to address behaviors that contributed to the case, such as equipment to restrict feeding.

But there are other costs beyond money. The time investment and physical toll placed on the practitioners are difficult to measure at the onset of the case, yet must be considered. To adequately determine these, it requires a veterinarian and farrier to work together throughout the case.

The Veterinary Perspective On The Cost Of Treatment

After years of practice, Dr. Amy Rucker says she approaches laminitis cases two ways.

“In the horse industry, there are two types of people — and this includes vets, farriers, owners,” she says. “When presented with a horse with a problem, one person asks, ‘What can this horse do for me?’ ‘Can I ride it?’ ‘Can it show this weekend?’ The other person asks, ‘What can I…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern is the former Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is president of American Horse Publications.

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