Study: Body Condition, Age Important Risk Factors in Laminitis

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A retrospective study conducted by the University of Pennslyvania’s New Bolton Center found that a horse’s age and body condition score (BCS) were the most consistent factors in the risk of laminitis, according to the Blood-Horse.

Led by James Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the team looked at fatal cases of laminitis and assessed several risk factors. While the results found some differences in supporting-limb laminitis in younger horses and endocrine-related laminitis in older horses, the study noted that BCS (comparable to a Body Mass Index for humans measuring a horse’s size and weight) and age were consistent risk factors in both forms of the disease.

“Ideal body weight and regular exercise are important factors for good health in human and animals,” Dr. Orsini said. “The horse is no different in this regard, and the combination of body weight, BCS, age, and use should be closely monitored in horse to reduce the likelihood of laminitis in the at-risk horse.”

Read more at the Blood-Horse

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  • nu-fan

    “Ideal body weight and regular exercise are important factors for good health in human and animals…..” There, also, are many small animal vets that are, now, recommending that puppies of some large breeds be given lower calories during their growth stage. This is, primarily, because they are finding a correlation between rapid growth in some large breed puppies and, later, developing hip dysplasia. There are other contributing causes to both canine hip dysplasia as well as, pointed out in the above article, laminitis in horses. But, interesting commonality.

  • Reality Check

    Something we already knew. SMH Cal Davis does a better job, IMO.

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