Eight Alternatives to Bute


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. janett cotton says:

    Can these alternatives be used in a Nursing Mare?

  2. Susan says:

    I had a lengthy conversation about bute with my veterinarian. He said that bute was studied, he thought it was in England, where they gave it for 6 out of 7 days, on the 7th day, nothing (or an alternative). He said that they found through testing that the bute flushed out of the system in that one day off. Therefore, they deemed bute to be safe to give in that manner.

  3. Michelle says:

    I recommend using marshmallow and slippery elm with devils claw to offset any possible gut irritation. I also would always give them with bute.

  4. Karen Miggo says:

    Extremely interesting information Casie

  5. Sasha says:

    I heard about yukka being used in USA as an alternative to Bute. Can’t find it in UK but would love a source if you have one. Also devils claw has some nasty side affects in some.

  6. Ruann says:

    How do you feel about Tbe Equioxx pill for long-term use? My horse was on the Previcox dog pill for 3 years; now it’s Equioxx since now made for horses. A few months after switching to Equioxx, he developed ulcers. Could this just be a coincidence? When I got him off the track, he had ulcers (5 yrs ago) but no problem since then. I also give him Cosequin ASU daily and have just this past week begin turmeric prllets with pepper and cocasoya oil. He is 8 years old with an arthritic hind stifle so when stiff he swings it out to walk (like someone in a leg cast). It loosens up greatly with work. Sorry, long explanation. Any advice?

    • Casie says:

      I would be wary to use it long term because it can still cause ulcers (company even admits that’s a side effect). Some vets suggest having a lay-off period, like giving for several weeks on, then one week off. Have you considered trying turmeric instead?

  7. Michaela says:

    Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria), containing Salicylic acid, is very good for pain management and a very effective anti-inflammatory. Other chemical components within Meadowsweet are perfect for horses (or humans) with stomach ulcers or any other GI problem (such as ulcerative collitis etc) .Feed together with Devil’s Claw and maybe a bit of Turmeric and you have a perfect synergy. xx

  8. Susanne says:

    I use Boswelia myself and started our 21 year old mare on it, no More arthritis pain!
    Our mare has ulcers and giving her tumeric Didn’t do her any good, I think the tumeric is hard on the stomach especially for horses with an ulcer history , we gave tumeric by itself and in a coconut oil, pepper paste.

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