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|Home:Equine Diseases: Equine Osteomyelitis|
Equine osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone/bone marrow of your horse. The equine osteomyelitis bacteria get inside the bone cells via the bloodstream and then attach themselves to bone tissue. These bacteria can also enter the bone via an open wound to the area.
Equine osteomyelitis can occur in multiple bones simultaneously. It is found in all horses regardless of age but equine osteomyelitis affects foals in particular.
Your farrier is key to being vigilant in the management of your horse’s feet thus avoiding the infections leading to equine osteomyelitis. He/she will spot irregularities when shoeing and hopefully prevent or decrease instances of equine osteomyelitis.
A painful hot foot coupled with lameness and a reluctance to bear weight will all be symptoms of equine osteomyelitis.