Horse Side Vet Guide ®

Equine Health Resource


Synonyms: Bone Infection

Osteomyelitis is the inflammation of bone caused by infection. It is more common in foals than adults.

Bone can become infected when it loses its blood supply and a piece of bone dies. The blood supply for bone typically enters from the outside covering, and if this is scraped away or damaged during wounding, the underlying bone may die. This is a chronic and troublesome complication most common in equine limb wounds.

Bacterial infection of a joint can also extend into underlying bone. Osteomyelitis worsens the prognosis of joint infections, making them very difficult to treat.

Helpful Terms & Topics in HSVGWritten, Reviewed or Shared by Experts in Equine Health

Helpful Outside ResourcesCredible Equine Health Information on the Internet

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.