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What is Danilon Equidos?
Danilon Equidos is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug very similar to Bute for treatment of pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions in the horse eg. osteoarthritic conditions, bursitis, laminitis and soft tissue inflammation. Danilon contains Suxibuzone, which is similar to Bute for Horses, but is sugar coated to make it more palatable. Danilon is also believed to be easier on the Horse's stomach i.e. less risk of ulcers. Danilon is a prescription-only medication and is only available on receipt of a valid veterinary prescription.
How does Danilon for horses work?
Danilon is a prodrug of the non steroidal anti inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (sometimes referred to as bute). Danilon is a member of a group of anti-inflammatory medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These medicines inhibit enzymes called cyclo-oxygenase or COX 1 and 2 which are involved in protective mechanisms within the body and inducing inflammation respectively. NSAIDs generally aim to be COX-2 selective.
Danilon is more palatable than other pain killing medications and will be readily eaten with the horse's normal hard feed.
What conditions are Danilon equidos used to treat?
Danilon is an effective teatment for inflammatory pain. Common causes of inflammation in horses are osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, laminitis, bursitis, ligament or tendon sprains and strains. Danilon is also useful for treating post-operative pain or as pain relief following wounds and injuries.