Quantitative assessment of pain from laminitis in horses


Norman Hayward Fund



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Investigator(s): Ignacio Viñuela-Fernández

This study aimed to find a better method for routinely assessing the sensitivity of the feet of horses with laminitis and for determining the effectiveness of old and new treatments for pain from laminitis, by regular measurement of the horses’ response to hoof testing. It contributed to the AWF & BEVA initiative to make progress in the understanding, prevention and treatment of laminitis.

The results indicate an approach which may help the development of a valid, reliable, accurate, sensitive and practical method for the recognition and repeated assessment of the severity of chronic laminitis suffered by individual horses.


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