Laminitis is a dreaded diagnosis for any horse owner to hear. The disease, which often results as a complication from another injury or illness, can often be fatal.
Great progress has been made in the past five or six years, however, in fighting the disease, according to an article in the Daily Racing Form. Research in areas such as digital photography and cryotherapy has greatly improved the tools veterinarians have in their arsenal in order to fight the disease.
The New Bolton Center has always been one of the leaders in laminitis research; the center has treated two of the most highly publicized cases in recent years – Barbaro in 2006, and Paynter last year. Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro unfortunately had to be euthanized after a long, heroic battle with the disease. Paynter, however, was able to overcome laminitis, and is currently back in training.
“We understand the disease much better now than we did even five or 10 years ago,” said Dr. James Orsini, director of Penn's Laminitis Institute.
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