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Lesley Bickerton
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Username: Lesleyb

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 - 3:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a mare with a nasty case of rain rot and an eight week old colt at foot. The mare will not let me treat her rain rot, it is extremely painful for her and I'd like to continue living, at least a little longer. I was reading your articles on rain rot and bute and I was thinking I'd like to give her some bute over a couple of days so I can give her a good scrub and treat the rain rot, but I am unsure if this is good for the colt. The mare is a 14.1hh paint, about 900lbs and is in good health in all other respects. I also have a yearling filly that has caught the rain rot and is also very sore. I need to treat her too, can I give her bute just to ease the rain rot treatment?
Execellent site, by the way!
Lesley.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 8860
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 - 8:11 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Whether it is safe to give your horses bute or not must be established by a veterinarian and a physical exam Lesley. We do have some information in the article (see The Past Forum Discussions section at the bottom of the article) on bute and lactating mares and there is some information in the body of the article on giving bute to young horses. I have treated both lactating mares and yearlings with bute without incident.
DrO
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Lesley Bickerton
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Username: Lesleyb

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 - 8:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks DrO,
I had already decided I needed to get my vet in for an examination and also to discuss the dosage in detail with him. But I do feel a lot better knowing I'm not the first to be giving bute to a lactating mare and a yearling.
Lesley.
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