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Treating Pain

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What do you use for pain management?
(Check all that apply)

Phenylbutazone (Bute)
44%
1175
Flunixin meglumine (Banamine)
27%
735
Anti-inflammatory herbs
9%
245
1% Diclofenac sodium (Surpass)
4%
98
Firocoxib (Equioxx)
3%
81
Alternative treatments
7%
200
Other (comment below)
5%
142

Total votes cast: 2676

Comments & Write-in Answers

Using yucca and MSM have helped my mare with her arthritis.

10/20/2008 7:58:24 PM

I have used the three I have checked. I find that Equioxx is more gentle on the stomache.

10/20/2008 6:14:45 PM

Quadrisol; Recovery EQ

10/20/2008 6:02:04 PM

I have succesfully used magnets on my horse and others for years, especially foot problems.

10/20/2008 2:26:31 PM

For long term pain management, vet recommended Advil. It seems to work well.

10/20/2008 10:32:33 AM

Aspirpaste

10/20/2008 9:14:27 AM

depends on the circumstances. Love Zeel tabs and oinment.

10/20/2008 9:10:34 AM

acupuncture, massage

10/20/2008 1:03:17 AM

banamine and other drugs, depending on the condition being treated.

10/19/2008 9:41:08 PM

B L paste

10/19/2008 8:51:15 PM

ASPIRIN

10/19/2008 5:25:29 PM

B-L Pellets are great, and work as well as bute for chronic pain. Keep bute on hand for injuries.

10/19/2008 5:23:00 PM

ANIPRIN

10/19/2008 12:31:21 PM

phenylbutazone in combination with dexamethazone works very well in pain due to musculo skeletal inf

10/19/2008 5:40:26 AM

I love equioxx! My colic prone mare is a new woman on it!

10/18/2008 8:30:03 PM

I highly value rest--shows can wait. Horse's health comes first.

10/18/2008 7:42:25 PM

also, acupuncture and chiropractic

10/18/2008 11:38:35 AM

Devils claw for chronic arthritic or inflammatory pain

10/18/2008 4:34:33 AM

Cosequin

10/18/2008 12:46:03 AM

It depends on the horse and the pain

10/17/2008 11:22:10 PM

Devils Claw

10/17/2008 10:37:29 PM

chiropractic and massage

10/17/2008 7:21:23 PM

yucca has worked wonders!

10/17/2008 6:53:07 PM

Medication should only be used for relief, never to enhance performance!

10/17/2008 2:40:52 PM

what ever the vet recommends =BUT NOT 'BUTE'

10/17/2008 12:52:35 PM

yucca

10/17/2008 12:12:40 PM

Chiropractic

10/17/2008 6:52:46 AM

hot or cold treatments

10/17/2008 3:04:39 AM

Depends on the condition

10/17/2008 1:03:28 AM

ketoprohine

10/17/2008 12:33:57 AM

Use Banamine

10/16/2008 11:52:47 PM

Applied massage

10/16/2008 11:46:17 PM

FAR infrared leg wraps; rest, equine somatics

10/16/2008 11:18:49 PM

I have had good results with Accupunture for chronic hock issues.

10/16/2008 11:16:59 PM

Devil's Claw

10/16/2008 9:44:54 PM

Chiropractic, massage therapy

10/16/2008 8:35:58 PM

i go by what my veterinarian prescribes

10/16/2008 8:22:57 PM

Only as dictated by my Vet

10/16/2008 8:01:49 PM

It all depends on what where when and how!

10/16/2008 6:01:41 PM

Varies depending on what is going on with Horse

10/16/2008 5:57:39 PM

Magnets and Massage

10/16/2008 5:33:23 PM

my vet has given me shots to manage pain in injured horses

10/16/2008 5:09:56 PM

Aspirin 350mg per 100wt crushed split between 2 feedings. Also feed a stomach buffer!

10/16/2008 3:38:26 PM

If pain and swelling, either ice and/or cold hose.

10/16/2008 3:15:14 PM

I use herbs, and a photonic light

10/16/2008 3:07:19 PM

Use bute and banamine judiciously ---

10/16/2008 3:04:11 PM

Ace is arthritic therefore I use what is available for comfort+Legend+Adequan etc

10/16/2008 3:03:54 PM

prevacox- my horse eats it out of my hand!

10/16/2008 2:50:19 PM

Depends on what the pain is and where

10/16/2008 2:43:36 PM

Conventional and chiro-acupuncture

10/16/2008 2:31:28 PM

Yucca schidigera

10/16/2008 2:30:17 PM

banamine if it's colicy

10/16/2008 2:01:17 PM

For daily maintenence I have used equine asprin as a feed additive

10/16/2008 11:45:18 AM

Bromelain contained in joint supplement

10/16/2008 11:36:09 AM

I just switched from bute to this, they say it is safer on their stomachs, but more money

10/16/2008 11:26:40 AM

If needed - Bute for aches & pains, banamine for belly, Release for pulls, strains, bruises.

10/16/2008 11:07:26 AM

Sulfa

10/16/2008 10:41:11 AM

Whatever the vet recommends

10/16/2008 10:25:58 AM

Acupuncture

10/16/2008 9:56:44 AM

physiotherapy manual techniques

10/16/2008 9:44:33 AM

We consistently use bantamine for colic symptoms and we use bute for situations that deal with traum

10/16/2008 9:34:57 AM

8815

10/16/2008 9:07:34 AM

99% of trainers in Alberta use Bute

10/16/2008 7:52:53 AM

asessment of the cause, then what ever I feel would be the best treatment

10/16/2008 3:01:19 AM

MSM

10/16/2008 2:49:25 AM

rarely have to use it Thank God!!!!

10/15/2008 10:30:26 PM

bute has always worked for short term pain killer

10/15/2008 9:46:08 PM

adequan

10/15/2008 9:17:57 PM

depends on cause- founder- banamine or bute briefly, then alternative therapy

10/15/2008 9:03:41 PM

BL granules

10/15/2008 8:23:49 PM

I use a gameready cold compression system daily post workout for injur prevention & pain/inflamation

10/15/2008 8:02:02 PM

i just heard about Equioxx, and would like more info on it.

10/15/2008 6:42:08 PM

Joint supplements

10/15/2008 6:20:39 PM

Bute and Banamine only if absolutely necessary

10/15/2008 5:47:25 PM

also use asequan and legend

10/15/2008 5:18:43 PM

I have always used bute or banimine for treating pain depending on what kind of pain it is.

10/15/2008 4:45:45 PM

Rest and lots of it if needed

10/15/2008 4:28:04 PM

Only used when horse needs pain management due to injury.

10/15/2008 4:25:36 PM

I only use these medicaitons when they are provided by the vet.

10/15/2008 4:09:09 PM

I have a horse allergic to bute, so just much easier to treat everyone with banamine

10/15/2008 3:55:40 PM

MSM

10/15/2008 3:11:09 PM

I use DCY

10/15/2008 3:05:07 PM

I use Antiflam for my 27 yr old with sore joints.

10/15/2008 2:27:42 PM

I don't use any pain medication without first checking with my vet, even if it is over the phone.

10/15/2008 1:54:05 PM

Legend

10/15/2008 1:43:24 PM

ASPIRIN

10/15/2008 1:02:30 PM

B-L Solution

10/15/2008 12:48:08 PM

only when needed and in moderation

10/15/2008 12:22:34 PM

It's exciting to have new products like EQUIOXX that have been proven safe!

10/15/2008 12:13:59 PM

DMSO, MSM,

10/15/2008 12:06:16 PM

B-L solution, massage, heat/ice, also arnica montana

10/15/2008 11:54:13 AM

Hylartin, Legend, Adequan, and Kenalog

10/15/2008 11:36:36 AM

yucca

10/15/2008 11:19:00 AM

joint supplement for joint pain and stiffness

10/15/2008 11:13:15 AM

Keep bute and banamine on hand. If neither help we call the vet.

10/15/2008 11:07:36 AM

Depends on the type of pain...ice, heat, chiropractics, message, etc.

10/15/2008 10:54:20 AM

pain is a symptom treat the problem

10/15/2008 10:49:42 AM

BL-Solution

10/15/2008 10:08:20 AM

B-L Solution

10/15/2008 10:05:39 AM

Only if necessary... can cover symptoms and cause more damage

10/15/2008 9:53:31 AM

First I use the herbals and go to the drugs only if I have to

10/15/2008 9:51:16 AM

bute most commonly-vet recommends banamine on hand for potential colic situation

10/15/2008 9:44:05 AM

herbal

10/15/2008 9:38:53 AM

I haven't had much luck with herbal pain treatments.

10/15/2008 9:33:36 AM

Depends on what is causing the pain

10/15/2008 9:30:25 AM

B-L solution works well w/ chronic prob. to avoid bute problems

10/15/2008 9:27:20 AM

massage

10/15/2008 9:24:19 AM

I use homeopathy first

10/15/2008 9:09:03 AM

cold and heat

10/15/2008 9:06:59 AM

B-L Solution, Linement

10/15/2008 9:04:02 AM

MSM

10/15/2008 8:23:33 AM

acupressure point at tip of ears

10/15/2008 8:22:10 AM

B-L solution.

10/15/2008 7:40:50 AM

With three old horses, I'm dealing with miscellaneous chronic conditions.

10/15/2008 7:39:17 AM

Torbugesic

10/15/2008 7:37:28 AM

homeopathic remedies first usually

10/15/2008 7:30:00 AM

What the vet prescribes

10/15/2008 6:56:09 AM

Bute if real sore, Surpass and Equioxx for inflamtion.

10/15/2008 5:48:44 AM

Depends on the cause of the pain

10/15/2008 3:11:11 AM

devils claw

10/15/2008 2:18:54 AM

It depends source of pain Banamine, cold therapy if injury, little bute,confinement

10/15/2008 2:06:29 AM

depends on the source of the pain

10/15/2008 1:48:05 AM

heat, ice and massage

10/15/2008 1:41:05 AM

Whatever vet recommends for acute injuries, really like Devils Claw for retired horses w/ arthritis

10/15/2008 1:18:42 AM

I use bute or banamine in cases of immediate injury that will result in swelling.

10/15/2008 1:03:15 AM

I keep paste aspirin on hand, but will go to more potent remedies if situation calls for them

10/15/2008 12:49:59 AM

acupuncture, chiropractic

10/14/2008 11:40:18 PM

our vet has us use the dog version of equivoxx - its previcox. 1/2

10/14/2008 11:35:17 PM

acupuncture has been working on my mare with back problems

10/14/2008 11:24:33 PM

Equispirin (equine aspirin)

10/14/2008 11:00:46 PM

msm

10/14/2008 10:59:25 PM

Arthrisoothe-P

10/14/2008 10:48:00 PM

linaments and such

10/14/2008 10:32:40 PM

Yucca and Devils Claw

10/14/2008 10:27:23 PM

naproxen sodium 5000mg

10/14/2008 10:20:32 PM

aspirin

10/14/2008 10:18:32 PM

so far i've been lucky enough to not have to use drugs for pain :P

10/14/2008 10:09:47 PM

I follow my vet's instructions he wrote out for me when giving me extra to have on hand

10/14/2008 10:02:26 PM

I just took in an older mare and put her on MSM

10/14/2008 9:59:01 PM

Mineral Ice and MSM help as well

10/14/2008 9:52:38 PM

have been very diligent instable management so haven't had to use either of them much.

10/14/2008 9:49:08 PM

Bute immediately immediately, but for a very short time. Then I switch to herbs.

10/14/2008 9:36:13 PM

Draw, cold hosing, wraps

10/14/2008 9:20:33 PM

I consult with my vet, and follow her advice.

10/14/2008 9:15:01 PM

I'm sort of a coward, so if I can't fix it with a course of bute, call the vet...

10/14/2008 8:58:54 PM

magnesium is my god in this department

10/14/2008 8:57:18 PM

REST, ice, wraps, & massage

10/14/2008 8:55:19 PM

joint supplements included?

10/14/2008 8:51:58 PM

I use a herbal product that has no side affects if used longterm for laminitus like bute does.

10/14/2008 8:51:25 PM

Buscopan for colic

10/14/2008 8:48:36 PM

MSM, equine chiropratic and equine massage therapy

10/14/2008 8:20:12 PM

chiropractor

10/14/2008 8:12:35 PM

whatever the vet prescribes

10/14/2008 8:06:11 PM

Prevention

10/14/2008 8:03:18 PM

homeopathics, stertch/massage, enforced exercise (even just walking)

10/14/2008 8:02:29 PM

Depends on whats hurting or injured

10/14/2008 7:54:22 PM

gloucusomine, chondrotin, Hylaronic Acid

10/14/2008 7:46:28 PM

Daily dose of the lowest amount of aspirin for my arthritic mare, liniment, ice packs, poultice

10/14/2008 7:45:37 PM

Adequan

10/14/2008 7:38:25 PM

For chronic back problems, a chiropractor/acupuncturist is our best friend!

10/14/2008 7:34:59 PM

I think Banamine works the best for most pain, but it is so expensive compared to Bute!

10/14/2008 7:31:47 PM

regular Chiro adjustments

10/14/2008 7:24:15 PM

It depends on what is causing the pain. I've used bute, banamine, and herbs.

10/14/2008 7:18:32 PM

Whatever my vet recommends

10/14/2008 7:16:01 PM

Ace

10/14/2008 7:12:10 PM

For colic nothing beats Banamine, for Influenza/fever Bute is best. We use Herbal (B-L Solution)

10/14/2008 7:02:25 PM

special medicine for horse who is allergic to bute

10/14/2008 6:54:42 PM

Duralactin

10/14/2008 6:50:37 PM

Bute works all the time!

10/14/2008 6:50:15 PM

for arthritis pain I use asperease two,along with hylarunic acid.

10/14/2008 6:44:55 PM

Echinacea and Tea Tree Oil

10/14/2008 6:44:15 PM

Drugs Only for emergency. Cold water wash, warm water soak and massage work too

10/14/2008 6:35:39 PM

cold water baths

10/14/2008 6:33:44 PM

Wish there were more. Better.

10/14/2008 6:24:59 PM

AspirEase (aspirin)

10/14/2008 6:24:11 PM

We have a senior citizen donkey that has arthritis and requirs pain meds during cold wet weather.

10/14/2008 6:17:56 PM

Ice packs, cold hosing, rest & TLC

10/14/2008 6:17:08 PM

massage & chiropracter

10/14/2008 6:16:12 PM

I use arnica tabs and cream for minor injuries where bute is not allowed

10/14/2008 6:12:22 PM

Devil's Claw and Yucca

10/14/2008 6:10:03 PM

tablets daily in the feed

10/14/2008 5:55:49 PM

asprin

10/14/2008 5:54:32 PM

We Stop Colic

10/14/2008 5:42:01 PM

For feet , bandage & pad. For muscles alternate ice therapy or cold hosing & warm pads

10/14/2008 5:40:55 PM

depends on the severity and duration of the pain

10/14/2008 5:36:07 PM

Asprin

10/14/2008 5:32:16 PM

RecoverEQ (pain & inflammation), but takes 1-2wks to kick-in & is NOTICEABLE

10/14/2008 5:31:23 PM

The above while treating the cause.

10/14/2008 5:24:17 PM

Accupunture works well when drugs may not.

10/14/2008 5:20:14 PM

Cold water and ice

10/14/2008 5:18:40 PM

McLaren Photonic Torch (acupuncture without needles) , and traditional acupuncture

10/14/2008 5:07:30 PM

Flunixin - when pain is sever - DMSO - most of the time it is great for athritis in horses

10/14/2008 5:07:04 PM

equinox to help with stiffness in my barrel racer

10/14/2008 5:02:35 PM

deep muscle therapeutic massage, ice, or ice before drugs

10/14/2008 5:02:30 PM

aspirin

10/14/2008 4:59:21 PM

The cause of pain determines the management

10/14/2008 4:53:30 PM

But only when absolutely necessary

10/14/2008 4:47:23 PM

I have 2 retired TB runners which do fine without meds for healed injuries

10/14/2008 4:45:30 PM

I have also ;used Capsaicin for older arthritic joints.

10/14/2008 4:41:13 PM

herbal product containing devil's claw for arthritis management

10/14/2008 4:40:55 PM

Buffered asprin

10/14/2008 4:40:45 PM

Banamine paste only.. No Injections!!

10/14/2008 4:39:54 PM

Bute and ice for inflamation, banamine for colic.

10/14/2008 4:38:40 PM

I use Bute, but would use something else if recommended by my vet

10/14/2008 4:38:00 PM

msm as an additive to dynamite free and easy

10/14/2008 4:36:17 PM

depends on the source of pain

10/14/2008 4:34:57 PM

or whatever the vet give me!

10/14/2008 4:29:24 PM

mainly use bute - if more severe -use suggestions from the vet

10/14/2008 4:28:27 PM

KETOPROPHEN - COMPOUNDED INTO A POWDER - much more effective - safer and easier on the Tummy than Bu

10/14/2008 4:19:40 PM

Depending on the situation, that dictates what I use and how.

10/14/2008 4:19:29 PM

BL Solution

10/14/2008 4:18:55 PM

joint injections, adequan

10/14/2008 4:18:13 PM

Arnica

10/14/2008 4:18:03 PM

B-L pellets

10/14/2008 4:16:08 PM

pergolide

10/14/2008 4:16:04 PM

B-L pellets

10/14/2008 4:15:59 PM

aspirin, MSM

10/14/2008 4:14:17 PM

follow vet's advice - keep both Bute & Banamine on hand

10/14/2008 4:11:50 PM

only per veterinarian's instruction

10/14/2008 4:08:17 PM

aspirin, MSM, B-L soulution cover almost all our situations

10/14/2008 4:03:12 PM

moist heat can be a wonder

10/14/2008 3:56:35 PM

BL Solution

10/14/2008 3:53:42 PM

I consult with my vet.

10/14/2008 3:52:19 PM

acupuncture

10/14/2008 3:52:05 PM

Massage and chiropractic

10/14/2008 3:51:14 PM

asprinin

10/14/2008 3:45:39 PM

msm

10/14/2008 3:45:07 PM

Get the vet out to see what the problem is. None of my horses are in pain.

10/14/2008 3:43:29 PM

Use as little as possible

10/14/2008 3:42:30 PM

veterinarian

10/14/2008 3:41:55 PM

Herbs for pain and circulation: White willow, jiaogulan

10/14/2008 3:41:21 PM

My horses also respond to Reiki treatments for relaxation and pain management.

10/14/2008 3:36:11 PM

FIrst choice is an herbal bute substitute.

10/14/2008 3:32:39 PM

My horse is laminitic. I use Bute for the initial onset of a flare, then anti-inflammatory herbs.

10/14/2008 3:29:14 PM

Depends on the pain-cuts are different from colic pain and stress injuries.

10/14/2008 3:14:37 PM

time off or theraputic massage

10/14/2008 3:14:01 PM

have used a product called Vaximine EQ and had good results

10/14/2008 3:12:46 PM

I use massage therapy as well.

10/14/2008 3:08:46 PM

rest

10/14/2008 3:08:05 PM

Free Flowin fron Herbs of the World

10/14/2008 3:06:39 PM

We use two products made by Heel: Zeel & Traumeel

10/14/2008 3:05:42 PM

I hate it when my horses are in pain& try to relive it fast.

10/14/2008 3:03:35 PM

anti imflam's for arthritis

10/14/2008 2:59:32 PM

Bute for arthritic pain, Banamine for colic pain

10/14/2008 2:57:59 PM

I never give pain meds without first consulting my veterinarian, EVER!

10/14/2008 2:52:10 PM

Robaxin

10/14/2008 2:51:52 PM

DMSO

10/14/2008 2:50:22 PM

HAcid/MSN

10/14/2008 2:47:33 PM

Per my vets recomendations

10/14/2008 2:47:16 PM

chrondroprotect

10/14/2008 2:46:50 PM

DMSO

10/14/2008 2:45:32 PM

Cold water therapy and walking/stall confinement as needed

10/14/2008 2:11:13 PM

Cold & heat Tx

10/14/2008 1:31:00 PM

I always consult with my vet before administering medication.

10/14/2008 1:24:07 PM

Meclofenamic sodium

10/14/2008 1:01:50 PM

With a 30 yr. old horse it's all about quality of life. Alternatives didn't work; Bute does.

10/14/2008 12:37:23 PM

Ice, massage therapy.

10/14/2008 12:29:21 PM

Depends on situation if vet not needed, vet orders if vet saw horse,

10/14/2008 11:56:02 AM

EQUIOXX had terrible reactions only tested on 238 horses !!!! BAD BAD BAD.. left over Vioxx...

10/14/2008 11:53:40 AM

I use it only to reduce inflammation or in acute pain--never to perform under the influence of.

10/14/2008 10:32:39 AM