In horses and ponies at risk of laminitis, does the use of hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure as diagnostic techniques for acute laminitis provide a method of detecting acute laminitis in the prodromal stage?
Clinical bottom line
- A palpable bilateral increase in forelimb hoof temperature maintained for longer than half a day may indicate that the horse is 18–24 hours from acute laminitis onset.
- A period of increased digital pulse may also be expected up to 11 hours prior to onset.
- Further studies using larger and more representative cohorts are required to confirm the accuracy of the times at which such changes can be expected.