Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Understanding Of Navicular Syndrome, Diagnosis And Treatment

By Kenya Campos

This syndrome has not yet drawn any clear conclusions as to why it occurs. Diagnosing navicular syndrome is possible but only if adequate time is taken to learn on the common causes of this particular lameness. The reason behind difficulty in examination of structures is that they are under some thick horn. This has not been a hindrance in coming up with effective and reliable medication.

This disease, navicular, has a variety of signs. It is clear that in most cases, the victims are the horses. It affects the walking style of this animal. This comes evidently due to the efforts it makes to avoid placing more pressure on the affected heel area. In the bid to avoidance, the much weight is placed on the toe. This area of the feet has bursa and inflamed navicular. There is much time taken in stopping its strides due to much of the weight being on the heel.

Cases whereby the horse shifts its weight continuously in discomfort, it is certain that there is some problem. Through the shifting, it reduces pressure exerted on this heel reducing the pain. During movements, the horse places much of its weight on toe leading to gait being rough. The shoulder results to having lameness.

The lameness is caused by daily work and once it rests the lameness in no more. The contraction is as a result of poor circulation in the foot. Horses with small feet are disadvantaged as they have minimal area in which distribution of concussion and the weight occurs. The much pressure is therefore experienced by the navicular bone.

A veterinarian should be contacted immediately a sign of lameness is noticed. The hoof testers are used to diagnose the problem by able professionals. If the horse flinches after pressure has been added on hoof testers, then it is evident that it has be affected by the disease. Surety in any procedure especially involving life is vital. Therefore, the hindfeet of the horse should be tested and compared with the forefeet, in terms of reaction witnessed.

Use of local injection of anesthetic is important during the procedure as it blocks the supply of nerve to the particular affected area. This in return relieves pain for a little while. Through this way, it becomes easier for the veterinarian to make a conclusion if a horse has navicular disease. If it happens that the horse walks normal after this injection then it is an easy conclusion the lameness is being located at the navicular part.

If effective management is put into place, this disease can be handled effectively. Not just corrective shoeing would provide solution to this but only having the correct shoeing. Once the bar is placed across the heels, pressure on this heel is reduced. The contraction of the foot can be reduced by rasping the hoof walls. In addition, frog pressure is reduced by applying rubber frog. Cutting of nerves is the last option if the rest fails.

The above discussed ways give solutions helping in solving the much suffering of horses. The more the comfort it enjoys the better and longer an individual enjoys services. Therefore any symptoms of such problems should be counterattacked without wasting time.

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