By Doug Butler PhD CJF FWCF & Frank Gravlee DVM MS CNS
Veterinarian and nutrition expert Dr. Frank Gravlee has joined forces with farrier teacher and author Dr. Doug Butler to create a comprehensive, understandable and sensible guide for horse owners that is also a valuable reference for veterinarians and farriers. Laminitis and Founder: Prevention and Treatment teaches exactly what laminitis is and how the horse s body systems are affected. The book offers detailed advice on how to recognize horses that may be most at risk for the disease, and how to manage them. The second half of the book focuses on the effects of laminitis on the horse s feet, and how to best manage them with professional horseshoeing expertise and veterinary medical treatment.
Along with Gravlee and Butler, Dr. George Platt, a Colorado veterinarian, was a consultant to the book. Sections of the book s advice on the use of heart bar horseshoes for laminitis were based on his years as a laminitis specialist and his experience working with the late farrier and heart-bar shoe expert Burney Chapman. Readers will find tips on diet, pasture, obesity, exercise and in particular, the role of nutrition in both the healthy and laminitic horse, as well as advice on medical treatment and details of frog-support shoeing. Recommendations for how farriers and veterinarians should work together, and who does what will be helpful to the horse owner as treatment begins.
Veterinarians will find new information in this book on nutritional needs of foundered horses and also details on the edema theory of laminitis as well as insight into the role of the adrenal glands and cortisol production in the frustrating equine metabolic syndrome type of hormonal laminitis. Farriers will see many examples of successful heart bar shoeing regimens with straightforward advice for using heart bars and how to monitor their effect on the laminitic horse.
If purchaser is an AAPF/CAPF member, they will earn two (2) AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education credits when purchasing this book.
Publisher: Life Data Labs, Inc. (2007)
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