NSAID Administration

Do you ever administer nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as phenylbutazone to your horse(s) without veterinary assessment?

Yes, I believe I'm skilled in both oral and injectable NSAID administration
Yes, but only orally
Yes, but only if recommended by my veterinarian
Never. I leave all NSAID administration to my vet.

Total votes cast: 905

Comments & Write-in Answers

For aged horses

11/12/2012 12:04:31 PM

I am not qualified to administer this kind of medication.

11/12/2012 4:00:41 AM

My vet told me the correct dosage and length, so I'm okay giving it (rarely) myself.

11/11/2012 6:39:33 PM

I keep a tube of Banamine on hand for those occasions where a pain reliever helps with a minor injur

11/10/2012 6:28:06 PM

Usually talk with my vet first.

11/9/2012 7:30:10 AM


11/8/2012 11:06:46 PM

I always consult my vet before giving any medications to my horses.

11/8/2012 10:25:33 PM

In the case of a minor lameness. If after 5 to 6 day if there is no improvement the vet is called.

11/8/2012 8:20:33 PM

If colic, I will always call my vet and let him know but I will give painkillers

11/8/2012 5:55:30 PM

yes, risking that it's not the same issue as before.

11/8/2012 5:07:04 PM

I do both, but only for previously diagnosed/chronic conditions; never arbitrarily w/out vet consult

11/8/2012 12:23:33 PM

oral and gel

11/7/2012 7:39:17 PM

Very limited use

11/7/2012 5:22:55 PM

Only when I know the cause of discomfort

11/7/2012 11:54:51 AM

Ans. #3 example, after spring vaccines by vet I gave Bute for stiffness/fever with vet's recom.

11/7/2012 11:36:30 AM

I had an old horse that needed some for his joints

11/7/2012 11:15:01 AM

For minor issues our vet supports our ability to asess and monitor the need for bute

11/7/2012 10:49:54 AM

Occassionally when my horse has an injury but only for 2-3 days at most.

11/7/2012 9:57:35 AM

I have a horse with laminitis, and one that colics.

11/7/2012 8:27:03 AM

I do if I'm sure that it is only mild colic, or in the case of minor injuries

11/7/2012 7:21:12 AM

Vet has provided guidelines that we go by

11/7/2012 7:11:22 AM

I worked several years as a vet nurse so believe I am qualified enough to decide

11/7/2012 6:22:53 AM

I rarely use bute or NSAIDS as I have breeding stock and young horses so it's rarely needed.

11/7/2012 3:58:33 AM

vet knows I am intelligent enough to use it appropriately and call for advice as needed

11/7/2012 2:04:24 AM

I always communicate with my vet, explaining the situation, and abide by his recommendations

11/7/2012 12:12:30 AM

live in remote area. vet knows I'll call if anything unusual.

11/6/2012 10:20:22 PM

I do use my vet many times, and will get his blessings before I give anything injectable.

11/6/2012 9:45:27 PM

only if discssed with ny vet. Ie. my 30 plus horse gets bute the night before a farrier visit.

11/6/2012 9:38:09 PM

My horse w/arthritis gets it when he has been on a long ride

11/6/2012 9:06:40 PM

Right now all

11/6/2012 8:41:41 PM

normaly don't use any meds don't have any need for them

11/6/2012 7:52:32 PM

Always check with the vet

11/6/2012 6:39:25 PM

I give orally, but not only for a day or 2. Either the problem clears or I then make a vet apptmt.

11/6/2012 6:13:54 PM

Only use without talking to my vet when I know my horse is sore and I know why she's sore.

11/6/2012 6:04:09 PM

Can give bute orally & IM but not IV

11/6/2012 4:55:18 PM

However I'm a CVT but my horse has ulcers so have to be careful.

11/6/2012 4:30:07 PM

Only used for Farrier time: 1 day before Hoof Appointment for the Senior Horses

11/6/2012 3:20:26 PM

I don't play vet.

11/6/2012 3:07:27 PM

I am a veterinarian so I know what I am doing

11/6/2012 2:32:28 PM

For minor lameness, soreness for known reasons.

11/6/2012 12:12:22 PM

My vet taught me injections, he wants clients to know in case of emergency or managing chronic issue

11/6/2012 10:22:45 AM

Will adminster orally for things such as arthritis, but leave all other "calls" up to my vet

11/6/2012 9:39:59 AM

My vet taught me how to inject in the vein years ago.

11/6/2012 9:11:24 AM

Yes for injury/whatever but only if recommended by in the case of suspected colic .

11/6/2012 12:48:06 AM