Higher doses of Bute lead to other Equine Health problems.
Phenylbutazone or the more common name “bute” has been long used as a pain reliever for horses, especially for the management of musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis. Veterinarians frequently prescribe this drug for pain since it is considered an effective and safe way of reducing pain and inflammation. In giving phenylbutazone horse dose, there are specific dosage recommendations . Prolonged use at the wrong dosage can lead to other harmful health issues. There is no denying the drug is very helpful, but owners need to understand that administering more is wrong. The recommended dosage is 8.8mg/kg – 1.2 in the morning and remainder in evening for 1-2 days, and halving the dose for the next 3days. . Higher doses of bute may be more harmful to your horse. With the guidance from a veterinarian, owners should give the lowest dose possible to provide pain relief to horses. Giving more of the drug will result in adverse reactions including the formation of other health problems.
Gastric Ulcers Commonly Associated with use of Bute
The most common risk associated with overdosing of bute is gastric ulcers in horses. There are horses that may not develop ulcers despite prolonged use of phenylbutazone, but more often than not, horses that receive too much bute over a period of time are also at a greater risk of stress and pain, which makes the horse more vulnerable to ulcers. Any horse taken out of its natural environment is at risk of developing gastric ulcers, however we don’t wish to see our beautiful horse in pain and with the introduction of phenylbutazone we multiple the risk of gastric ulcers developing. You can’t deny that bute is a wonderful reliever of pain and inflammation, however if your horse is likely to be at risk of ulcers, but also needs to be treated with a phenylbutazone horse dose, you should consider introducing a daily dose of equine omeprazole which serves as a gastro-protectant to help alleviate the problem of gastric ulcers. Equine omeprazole can be used in conjunction with Bute to reduce the risk of gastric ulcers developing and also relieve your horse from pain and inflammation. Abler offers phenylbutazone horse dose and equine omeprazole in easy to feed granules .