|Dr. Don Walsh speaking at the International Hoof-Care Summit|
in Cincinnati, Ohio Feb. 1-4 2011
When these early changes appear, Dr. Walsh suggests that owners be notified and encouraged to establish communication with their veterinarian to test the fasting blood level of insulin. Proper care including a low glycemic diet, increasing exercise, and medications if necessary can bring the insulin level back down into the normal range. With proper trimming and hoof care laminitis can be prevented and a normal hoof re-grown.
As Dr. Walsh says, “Prevention is always preferable to treatment”, when it comes to laminitis. This form of the disease causes slow changes in the foot, which can be reversed if detected early by farriers, hoof-care givers and veterinarians.