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Laminitis‹ Full Conditions List

Laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues (laminae) that bond the hoof wall to the pedal (coffin) bone in the horses hoof. It can affect any horse, of any age or sex, at any time of the year. Although it is traditionally considered a disease of fat ponies, laminitis can be triggered by a variety of metabolic or physical causes in any horse.

Laminitis is caused by weakening of the supporting laminae within the hoof, leading to painful tearing of the support structure suspending the pedal bone within the hoof. If laminitis is not treated promptly, the pedal bone drops (these cases are described as "sinkers") or the pedal bone can rotate downwards.

Thermography can detect increased inflammatory activity in the laminae and help to catch this condition at an early stage. It can also help to monitor affected horses and assist with preventative care.

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