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By Olivia Cross
Animals are such amazing helpers they can help us with rehabilitations, being there when we feel alone guide us if we can’t see and so many other things. The worst part is when an animal falls ill and we aren’t sure what we can do or how we can help to make them better. One of the diseases is navicular syndrome this is generally presented in horses as a soundless problem.

Having this disease can make it very uncomfortable as this is commonly experienced with inflammations as well as degeneration of the navicular bone which is found on the front of the both the feet. Once you have found out that your animal has this disease you will want to have it treated straight away. Depending on how far alone the syndromes are you might only be able to treat the horse for pain.

What generally happens is that the animal is past the stage of any help as the signs weren’t clear. Things that you can look out for is long toes, heel pain as well as the horse running on the front of its foot known as a “tiptoe” gait and they may also stumble often. You might also find that the foot might be lame on the left on day and then on the right the next.

Knowing the signs will help you to make changes like not working the animal on a hard surface or even the circle as this will lead to pain and cause the feet to change shape. Once you start the treatment you might find that there is not a single treatment that works, this is due to there being other factors that can affect the horse, their age, weight and strength. Things can also happen relatively fast and this will leave the horse lame quiet quickly.

Things that can contribute to this disease are conformational defects on the horse. These include upright, narrow, small feet, downhill build, long toes and low heels as well as upright feet pasterns. Having these defects will put pressure on the navicular bone, cause the tendons and ligaments to pull and therefore causing strain and degeneration even when the animal is just standing.

If your beast has this certain type of syndrome then it is best to treat it with the right amount of exercise so that it is not over or under using the muscles, ligaments or tendons. This needs to also be done at a slow pace things like taking long walks or swimming can help. Try avoiding any heavy, fast pace work as this can cause pain and suffering which you will want to avoid.

Taking care of something or someone is a great responsibility but once they become yours to look after you will find the best rewards in that. Making you and them happy, and if they are pain free it will also only make them feel better and ready for anything. Look out for any early signs, so that you can treat it quickly and enjoy a long life with your chosen animal.

Having a beast as a pet is always amazing for anyone. They are there not only to assist you with your troubles but are great workers to. They are powerful beasts and are made to be busy so it is essential to look after your animal with all the right things. In this way they will look after you too.

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