Equine Ailments - A to Z
Arthritis - a degenerative joint disease (DJD) - Inflammation in a joint or joints. Acute arthritis may occur due to a wound or infection; it causes heat and swelling and needs immediate treatment, including antibiotics and joint immobilization. Chronic arthritis develops more slowly and is often caused by repeated work related stress on the joints; slower to develop, it produces stiffness and lameness. Although there is no cure, the symptoms can be relieved through gentle in-hand exercise, massage and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs (bute). Other drugs are sometimes prescribed including corticosteroids.