Chronic laminitis in a 10-month-old Arabian filly

Authors: 
G. Schvartz, G. Kelmer, D. Berlin
Volume: 
24
Number: 
8
Pages: 
408-414
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
August 2012

The case report presented here describes in detail the treatment and clinical progression of a case of severe chronic laminitis in a 10-month-old Arabian filly. Starting from the acute onset of clinical signs through the severe, debilitating progression of the disease, the report describes the medical, surgical and farriery treatment over a period of 8 months. The combination of deep digital flexor tendon tenotomy, hoof wall resection, corrective trimming and shoeing was successful in halting progression of the disease. The successful treatment resulted in new healthy hoof wall growth, re-establishment of normal third phalanx-hoof wall alignment and reversal of the degenerative modelling changes that occurred in the third phalanx. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study describing treatment of severe chronic laminitis in such a young filly.