Trivia Challenge: Navicular Disease

Do you know about the degenerative syndrome that used to be a career ender for horses? Take the trivia challenge to find out!

1. True or False: Navicular syndrome is classified by its degenerative impact to the navicular bone itself. 

True or False

2. What are some of the ways a vet will diagnose navicular disease? 

A. X-ray

B. MRI

C. Nerve blocking 

D. All of the above 

3. What is one treatment for navicular disease? 

A. Biphosphonates 

B. Calcium 

C. There is no treatment

4. True or False: Products such as phenylbutazone (Bute), flunixin meglumine (Banamine), and Equioxx can be used for short- and long-term pain management. 

True or False 

How’d You Do?

 1. True. See why! 

2. D. There are a few approaches to pinpoint the area of concern which will likely start with a general soundness exam. Hoof testers are used for an early diagnosis to see if there is sensitivity over the frog and heel. Imaging including X-Rays, MRIs, and ultrasound can be used to find the point of concern. Nerve blocks are used to see the difference between the sound and blocked leg due to the lack of sensation. Corrective shoeing may also be used. 

3. A. Biophoshonates are a relatively newer treatment option for horses suspected to have navicular syndrome or degeneration in the bone, Osphos works by stunting the bone regeneration process, specifically slowing the action of osteoclasts, and are given through intramuscular injection. 

4. True. Learn more here. 

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