Tildren and Gallium Nitrate

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  1. Smirky Grace

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    Hi all. Do any of you know about either of these? My vet recommended I let my horse participate in an FDA drug trial for "Tildren." He has a 'softening' of the navicular bone. No limping.

    Tildren is a drug which helps in bone reabsorbtion and remaking of bone and has been used in Europe for a number of years. However, I can find no information online about it other than a few veterinary threads which reference the potential bad side affects. ( Colic and heart attacks :( ) It is administered in a 4 hour IV drip which seems like a horrible thing to put my horse thru.

    When I was researching Tildren I also found a product called Gallium Nitrate. It is, apparently, a mineral that used to be plentiful in the soil and is now primarily leached out. Gallium Nitrate is used in people to help in bone reabsorbion and remaking of bone and has been used in some horses over the last 10 years.

    However, as much as I search forums and blogs, I have fiound 1 person who used Gallium Nitrate and had good results and no one who used Gallium and had bad results.

    So. My questions are: Does anyone have any experience or information on either of these products? Has anyone used Gallium?

    Thanks, thanks, thanks.:confused:
     






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    You might try the Tildren especially if you are not paying for it as it costs around $1,200 just for the medication plus the cost to administer it. They hook up the IV to the horse in a stall. Not horrible by any means. Besides navicular, the Tildren drip is being used to treat hock arthritis in mild-moderate cases which is what we tried it on our horse for last year at UC Davis Vet Clinic. I have no personal experience with the gallium nitrate.
     
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    Tildren follow up

    Hi Jump the moon...
    thank you for your reply.
    Did the Tildren seem to work for your horse?
    WEre you pleased with the results?
    Also, do you know of a name of someone at Davis I could possilby contact to ask questions?

    Like I said, I just can't seem to find any thing out about it.
     
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    Honestly, he peed like a race horse for several days after the treatment. That is something I did notice. I really did not notice ANY immediate improvement. Also since then I have moved barns and farriers which has been a great move in getting him feeling comfortable again. The feet were a big issue and pulling his shoes for a while and allowing him to wear his feet like he wanted plus daily turnout has been crucial in his soundness.

    BUT on his recent visit on Monday they noted he was moving soundly behind (hocks) and he flexed easily behind. So, again I can't say for sure but him being sound behind six months after his last series of joint injections is an improvement.

    The DVM that was in charge of administering the Tildren to our horse, Keven, last year was Dr. Jamie Textor. She will be back in the clinic May 6th. Here is the link to contact information.

    http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/large_animal/equine.html

    http://www.vmth.ucdavis.edu/vmth/lac/equine/our_vets.php

    Good luck!
     

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