What Is laminitis in horses?

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Just looking for a clear definition of what laminitis is?

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    Laminitis is often termed as ‘founder’ or ‘anterior displacement of the coffin bone.’ Founder refers to the general foot failure which secondary laminitis is responsible for. The consequences can include slippage of one or more coffin bones (which are found within the hoof) beneath the pedal bone, ultimately leading to inflammation and lameness in horses.

    Laminitis can be caused by primary disease processes that involve circulatory problems (endotoxemia, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, sepsis), primary tissue damage (lacerations to hooves, digital trauma), increased strain on ligaments due to incorrect shoeing/ poor conformation etc.

    It’s tricky but treatable.

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