Beyond NSAIDs: Diet Can Help Support A Horse Battling Uveitis

by | 08.27.2019 | 11:45am

Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness among horses in the United States, and veterinarians are still looking for the best ways to manage the painful inflammation. Most medical management is focused on the acute phase of the disease, when the horse is treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

That doesn't mean there aren't other ways to support a horse with recurring uveitis. While there are no supplements directly marketed toward helping with uveitis, it does not hurt to consider supplements that support a healthy inflammatory response, reports Dr. Clair Thunes in The Horse.

Thunes recommends ensuring that the affected horse is receiving all the nutrient requirements he needs and that he is ingesting a balanced diet. She also suggests adding an omega-3 fatty acid, which is very important if the horse doesn't have access to quality pasture. Thunes suggests starting with plant-based omega-3s like flax or camelina oil, though fish oil and some algaes may be more potent. Some owners add MSM or resveratrol to the diet of a horse that has uveitis.

The non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) a horse is given when he is painful can be hard on his digestive tract and digestive support can help counteract the painful side effects of the drugs. Additionally, supporting gastric health can help keep glandular ulcers, which can be caused by long-term use of NSAIDs, at bay.

Read more at The Horse.

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