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Epiphysitis in Horses



Evaluating the diet of the foal is one of the first steps in treating this epiphysitis. Generally, the amount of energy and protein should be decreased and the animal put on a diet to lose weight and slow growth. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are usually given to help with the pain and inflammation. Additionally, the foal should be limited in its exercise (kept in confinement) until the inflamed joints heal. Mild cases of epiphysitis normally resolve without lasting damage to the foal’s joints, however, severe cases may limit future athletic careers. 




Proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet recommended by your veterinarian can help prevent epiphysitis in your young foals.