What is BUTE anyway?
By Dr Jennifer Wickline
Phenylbutazone, commonly known as Bute is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Phenylbutazone, commonly known as Bute is a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Much like ibuprofen for people, it is frequently used to relieve pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis. In some instances it is also used as a fever reducer. Itís important, however, to consult with your veterinarian before administering Bute to your horse, as this drug can mask signs of more serious problems. A simple conversation on the telephone with your equine vet can help you be sure you are on the right track when it comes to administering Bute. When given for the right reasons and in the correct therapeutic setting, Bute is very useful in helping horses with a wide range of ailments.
Prolonged administration of Bute can cause gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers, colitis, and kidney problems. Toxic effects are most commonly seen with continued administration of high doses over an extended period of time, but some horses are especially sensitive and should be monitored very closely while on Bute. Signs of trouble include colic, loose stool and reluctance to eat or drink. If your horse is on Bute and is experiencing these symptoms, you should call EVS at 972-524-7075.
Remember Bute is the most commonly used anti-inflammatory in veterinary medicine. It is available from your veterinarian in multiple forms including powder, tablets, paste and an injectable version.
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