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Horses are strong, tough, and loving pets, and watching them suffer from tendon injuries or arthritis can be difficult. Take a look at these links to learn more about tendon injuries and arthritis in horses and learn more about how you can prevent, diagnose, and treat these problems.
Most horse owners understand the complications and challenges that come with equine arthritis. In the past, arthritis in horses, like arthritis in people, had few treatment options. By making dietary adjustments and treating the condition with supplements and injections, owners can relieve some of the pain the horse is experiencing. However, new breakthroughs in medical treatment offer more options to promote effective healing. To learn more about equine arthritis and how it affects the joints, take a look at this interesting infographic about arthritis and its treatment in horses. If you know any other horse owners experiencing the challenges of equine arthritis, please share this infographic with them!
There are dozens of injuries and accidents that can cause a horse’s legs to hurt. As an owner, it can be difficult and frustrating to determine why your horse is moving slowly, limping, or acting out. Just like in humans, horses’ various tendons are prone to injury due to overwork or accidents. These tendons are the stretchy fibers that attach muscles to bones throughout the body but tendon injuries in pets most often affect the legs.
Types of Tendon Injuries
There are two main flexor tendons in a horse’s leg, the deep digital flexor tendon and the superficial digital flexor tendon. Both of these tendons run down the back of the horse’s leg. The upper section of these tendons is surrounded by a sheath, which is filled with fluid and protects the tendon. These tendons are prone to various injuries caused by movement and exercise. Tendon injuries can range from mild bruises and tears to more serious injuries of overextension, tear, rupture, or severing. Injuries to the sheath of the tendon are also serious because they often cause major infections.
Signs and Symptoms
Depending on the type of tendon injury, your horse may show no indication of injury, minor signs, or complete debilitation. It’s important to understand minor signs of tendon injuries because without treatment, these injuries can worsen over time. After an injury, the tendon area will become inflamed and swollen. Your horse may also begin to limp or walk with its toe tipped if the tendon is injured.
Treating Tendon Injuries
Diagnosing and treating tendon injuries are vital to proper healing. The tendons receive very little blood compared to the animal’s muscles, so these injuries rarely heal on their own. Veterinarians typically take a tendon scan in order to assess the damage and create a treatment plan.
If your horse has experienced a tendon injury, it’s important to learn about the treatment options available. Regenerative medicine has advanced the treatment of equine tendon injuries greatly in recent years, making it one of the most sought-after treatment plans. Talk to your veterinarian about the best way to treat your horse’s tendon injury.
Having bowed tendons is a common injury for racehorses, but it can affect horses of any lifestyle. Whether you’re concerned about your own horse’s tendons or are considering buying a horse, it’s important to understand how to recognize bowed tendons.
Watch this video for helpful information about bowed tendons in horses. It offers an overview of what bowed tendons look and feel like and how to manually check for tendon injuries in a horse’s front and hind legs.
Although bowed tendons can be debilitating, they can also be treated and controlled to reduce pain and inflammation for your horse. The field of regenerative medicine offers helpful and useful treatment options to improve or cure tendon ailments.