Treatment varies on a case by case basis when it comes to cystitis and according to the cause. Since the condition may be caused by more than one thing, the underlying cause must be resolved before the cystitis can be cured. This means that if the bladder inflammation is due to an underlying vaginal infection, the vaginal infection must be treated before the cystitis will go away without recurrence.
Once the primary cause of the cystitis has been removed, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to treat the cystitis itself and relieve the horse of the symptoms. Some horses will repeatedly succumb to bladder infections. For these animals, a long course of antibiotics (for four to six weeks) may be warranted.
Living and Management
In many cases, cystitis is an issue that sneaks up on the horse and owner. Fortunately, it is relatively rare and in most cases can be treated once it has been properly diagnosed by an equine veterinary professional.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
urinary tract infection
Also referred to as a UTI; a medical condition of the urinary tract and system in which the cells are damaged by microorganisms.
The process of elimination when it comes to the bowels or the bladder
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
The name for the species of horses, donkeys, mules
The term for a female horse over the age of four that has not been sterilized
Used to refer to any drug or medical substance that has the ability to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria and other such organisms.
A condition of the blood in which micro-organisms or harmful toxins are present in the system