Reserpine is used as a long-acting sedative for horses and is frequently prescribed to horses with existing injuries that require a slow recovery plan. A low dose sedative can aid in keeping the horse calm during stall rest to prevent re-injury or additional damage.
Reserpine should only be used when prescribed by a veterinarian with specific dosing instructions for the individual horse and situation. While this medication is useful for horses recovering from an injury, there are potential side effects that should be carefully monitored. Horses could have an allergic reaction to this product resulting in facial swelling, hives, itching, shock, seizures, pale gums, and cold limbs. Other side effects include colic, GI upset, diarrhea, and lower limb swelling. If any of these signs are present, owners should discontinue use and contact their veterinarian.
Methocarbamol powder is a muscle relaxant used to treat muscle spasms, soreness, or muscle inflammation.
This medication can be dispensed as a paste, tablets, or an oral powder. The oral powder is a convenient way to administer medications to horses as it can be scooped right on top of the feed. Measuring the correct amount of medication is easy, as there is an enclosed scoop with every tub.
Although side effects with methocarbamol are rare, please call Starwood Equine immediately if your horse is taking methocarbamol and experiences any signs of allergic reactions such as facial swelling, hives, pale gums, or diarrhea. The most common side effect of methocarbamol is drowsiness, but horses may experience drooling, stumbling, and incoordination. The sedative effect may be increased if used with other medications that cause drowsiness. If your horse is taking multiple medications, please consult with one of the veterinarians of Starwood Equine before using.
USEF rules mandate that “no part of a dose should be administered during the 6 hours prior to competing.” Please call Starwood Equine at (650) 275-3091 to consult with one of our Veterinarians to decide if this medication would benefit your horse.
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