No Added Benefits from Higher Bute Dosage

Higher dosages of phenylbutazone (Bute) don't make chronically lame horses any sounder than standard doses, according to a study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Thus, giving a lame horse extra Bute gives no benefit, costs more, and carries a higher risk of toxicity and/or gastrointestinal problems.

Ronald S. Erkert, DVM, graduate

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