Flunixin, also known as Banamine, is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat conditions such as colic or eye pain in horses. Other drugs of this type include Bute and Equioxx.
Banamine can be given orally or intravenously but injection in the muscle is not recommended due to the risk of a deep muscle infection. Having Banamine paste on hand can be very useful in an emergency situation, however, we request you call Starwood prior to administering any medication to your horse. Banamine should not be given with Bute or Equioxx and should be used with caution in horses with a history of stomach ulcers.
If you would like to have a dose of Banamine for emergencies, you can order it from our online pharmacy at http://starwoodequine.vetsfirstchoice.com
Starwood Equine is committed to keeping you informed of diseases with emerging frequency on the Peninsula. Over recent years, there has been published evidence that leptospirosis is an increasing threat across the USA. In fact, an increased incidence of leptospiral infection has been reported in Northern California this year, after our recent high rainfall and flooding.
Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection that is primarily spread by the contamination of water sources by the urine of wildlife. Rodents, raccoons, deer, dogs and skunks can all carry the infection. Additionally, since leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, there is potential risk to humans who come in contact with an infected animal.
The bacteria are primarily transmitted by direct contact of infected urine and intact mucous membranes. Horses often ingest the bacteria in water that has been contaminated. The bacteria can affect the liver, kidneys, and eyes of the horse. It is the leading cause of uveitis (ocular inflammation) in horses and can cause severe pain and blindness. It can also cause pregnant mares to miscarry.
There has been a canine vaccine on the market for many years. Zoetis introduced an equine vaccine for this disease 2.5 years ago. The vaccine requires one booster a few weeks after initial vaccination and can then be performed yearly. We encourage you to take the survey below (click the image) and then discuss whether the vaccine is right for you and your horse with Drs. Kelly and Kristy.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a high energy, focused, sound wave treatment that penetrates deep into tissues. The sound wave is generated by a rapid increase in pressure (similar to lightening rapidly expanding the air around it and creating the thunder sound).
ESWT causes a biological response in tissues that stimulates tissues and accelerates the healing process. The process works by firing shock waves repeatedly at the targeted tissue. This creates micro trauma that stimulates increased blood flow. This increases new blood vessel formation allowing for better perfusion of the tissue. The micro trauma also triggers the body’s first step in the healing process, inflammation. At the site of inflammation there are chemical messengers alerting the body that repairs are needed. This can restart the healing process for chronic non healing injuries. Shockwave therapy then reduces inflammation and swelling at the treatment site by regulating inflammatory messengers.
Shockwave treatments are focused and can penetrate deeper than other treatments due to the nature of sound waves. This makes shockwave an excellent choice for treating musculoskeletal problems. Common uses for shockwave treatment include tendon, ligament, muscle injuries and strains, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis (such as ringbone), and wounds.
Shockwave therapy has a few additional beneficial properties. In a recent study, shockwave therapy was shown to relieve pain for 8-48 hours post treatment. Shockwave therapy may also have antibacterial properties. The sound waves can weaken bacterial cell walls making them more susceptible to the immune system. Best of all, shockwave therapy works well with other treatments such as laser therapy and acupuncture! Ask your Starwood veterinarian if shockwave would be beneficial for your horse!