NSAIDs & Your Horse

How often does your horse receive a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

Daily, for maintenance
During competitions or after a challenging workout
Only when injured
Only when instructed by my veterinarian

Total votes cast: 866

Comments & Write-in Answers

Cautious use--worried about ulcers--but sometimes necessary for short time

1/21/2013 7:32:50 PM

My horse has been on a gram of bute daily for several years due to navicular disease.

1/21/2013 6:32:23 PM

My veterinarian expects me to use NSAIDS for pain, inflammation, etc, so I have it on hand and use a

1/21/2013 6:07:42 PM

try turmeric with 5 percent black pepper for inflamation and pain in horses. up to a cup a day, wor

1/21/2013 4:37:09 PM

I have used bute to manage an old navicular horse but accupuncture saved him

1/21/2013 1:44:54 PM

I have an endurance horse and use Joint suppliment and herbals for prevention and occasional mgmt.

1/21/2013 1:16:53 PM

25yo w/spinal arthritis .. 1 tablet of Heel's Zeel (per day) as necessary

1/21/2013 11:06:12 AM

Previcox for my 21-yr-old DSLD/arthritic gelding. It's been a wonder drug! I highly recommend it!

1/21/2013 10:39:51 AM

NSAIDS are only used when said injury prevent normal horse activity, ie walking, eating, drinking

1/21/2013 10:26:35 AM

Use a product called Rapid Response by Amerdom daily, 22 YO TB is totally healthy and sound.

1/19/2013 8:15:45 PM

I aways keep some on hand for emergencies, which I seem to need more than I would prefer!

1/19/2013 4:13:30 PM

Just as in people, over medication is harmful to horses and should be under the direction of the vet

1/19/2013 11:35:57 AM

Old boy with very stiff joints, the drug really helps.

1/18/2013 1:44:25 PM

Will most likely be daily due to recent dx of chronic laminitis.

1/18/2013 1:07:57 PM


1/17/2013 10:10:18 PM

or inflammation, fever, pain

1/17/2013 10:06:59 PM

just depends I have multiple horses with different needs.Sometimes we butte for different reasons .

1/17/2013 9:29:07 PM

I have a better alternative.

1/17/2013 7:59:41 PM

worry about side efects

1/17/2013 2:16:34 PM

aged, to manage spinal arthritis

1/17/2013 1:37:17 PM

Within parameters we've developed with our vet but, rarely

1/17/2013 11:00:16 AM

As needed for pain and inflammation management.

1/17/2013 1:25:21 AM

Not being a medical professional I feel a vet's instruction is important with nsaid use

1/16/2013 9:30:40 PM

he's a 28 y/o mule w/ arthritis. it helps his mobility.

1/16/2013 6:09:42 PM

I try to use NSAIDS as little as possible. I only use when it is really neccessary.

1/16/2013 6:05:02 PM

Never if there is another option.

1/16/2013 5:45:22 PM

Only when injured and necessary.

1/16/2013 5:38:00 PM

Although I did have an old mare who needed 1 gram every other day for comfort

1/16/2013 5:14:51 PM

Given only when absolutely necessary.

1/16/2013 5:06:44 PM

for conditions already evaluated by the vet

1/16/2013 4:58:51 PM

She has ringbone in both front pasterns and is 21 this year but still sound 95% of time

1/16/2013 4:51:31 PM

When arthritic changes flare up and require treatment

1/16/2013 12:58:15 PM

Only when needed; NSAIDs also assist with fevers, not only pain

1/16/2013 12:43:30 PM

When my horse foundered they were part of the treatment

1/16/2013 12:05:04 PM

Emergency treatment excepted when there is a delay in vet response.

1/16/2013 10:52:59 AM

prophylactically each spring before B.I.'s 6-way vaccine, to reduce fever and discomfort

1/16/2013 8:20:27 AM

and he recommends it too often.

1/16/2013 7:56:32 AM

Occasionally when pain &/or inflammation.

1/16/2013 2:49:58 AM

I use only for 24 hrs prior to every farrier visit for arthritis, it made a huge improvement

1/16/2013 12:22:46 AM

Fortunately my current horse is sound; has only needed NSAIDs for a dental issue

1/15/2013 11:52:34 PM

Laminitis flareups

1/15/2013 10:24:01 PM

Bute is a fabulous drug, but MUST be given only at the Minimum--Effective daily dose.

1/15/2013 9:10:21 PM

only used them 3 times in 20 years

1/15/2013 8:05:56 PM

She has respiratory issues and my vet has given me a schedule to follow when she gets bad.

1/15/2013 7:40:18 PM

Herbal Bute

1/15/2013 7:21:24 PM

Penny is 35 with a host of problems, fallen suspensories, eye inflammation.

1/15/2013 7:08:52 PM

Don't have much use with 22 minis

1/15/2013 6:49:28 PM

Only when necessary.

1/15/2013 6:35:56 PM

when injured, as required

1/15/2013 6:27:19 PM

After an injury, after yearly vaccinations and as advised by her vet

1/15/2013 6:22:14 PM

also on recommendation of my vet.

1/15/2013 6:11:12 PM

I do give occassionally w/o Vet for recurrance of need on specific horse

1/15/2013 6:05:02 PM

He is 23 years old and has been stoically handling heel pain for since he was 7. Quality of life.

1/15/2013 5:34:35 PM

Use on my old horse when she gets worked.

1/15/2013 5:20:10 PM

My almost 30 mare is on 1g twice daily bute, has been for yrs. and tolerates it well.

1/15/2013 4:50:14 PM

2g/day to treat very advanced ringbone and keep pasture sound

1/15/2013 4:00:53 PM

Last time my horse needed an NSAID, I asked about Equioxx, because she has a history of gastric ulce

1/15/2013 3:41:55 PM

osteoarthritis in hock

1/15/2013 11:19:52 AM


1/15/2013 8:02:12 AM

My horse is on a low dose of firocoxib daily to help combat an old injury.

1/15/2013 8:00:07 AM

Nothing else is legal in Sweden

1/15/2013 3:44:52 AM

Not safe enough to use except when necessary

1/15/2013 3:26:58 AM