Cold therapy would be very useful in the developmental phase when no symptoms are visible yet. In the acute phase cold therapy can also be used as a first aid measure.
Some benefits of cold therapy
- Decreased metabolism in the lamellar cells
- Reduced need for sugar by the lamellae
- Decreased circulation causing a decreased supply of MMPs, MMP triggers and TIMPs
- Reduction of inflammation by a reduced production and activity of antibodies
- Protection of tissue against damage from reduced circulation
- Pain relief.
Ways to cool the hooves
- Hosing down
- Buckets or therapy boots filled with ice water
- Cooling gel
- Therapeutic cold compresses.
Scientists and veterinarians disagree about the actual effect, the physiological reactions, the correct application method and minimum temperature. For safety, a 2° C (35° F) minimum needs to be respected and a cooling period not exceeding 72 hours.