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Basic Horse Care - Avoid Bute When Possible

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by Fran Mullens

If you have an equine athlete or just an occasionally ridden pleasure horse you probably have this basic horse care product around your barn. Phenylbutazone or by its common name Bute, is an economical and popular non-steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID). It can supply relief for horses for more than twenty four hours. It can be a god send for both the horseman and horse. There is however a down side when using Bute.

Common side effects seen with Bute toxicity can be dorsal colitis and oral ulcers. Dorsal colitis is a serious ulcerative inflammatory condition of the horse's colon. It can be a life threatening situation for the horse. Oral ulcers are lesions or open sores in the horse's mouth.

There are still other side effects associated with the use of this product...

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