You must be living under a rock if you have been following the online slaughter debate and not read about the Bute issue. If you want some well written facts with documentation, read some of the comments some posters have left on some earlier entries. They aren’t just pulling this stuff out of their asses. They know what they’re talking about. However, because the PSA contingent have extreme reading comprehension problems, I feel the need to break things down even further….
It seems that all this talk about Bute being banned in horses intended for human consumption has created a shitstorm among the PSA brethren. You are now a bad person if you give your horse Bute because you are wasting his meat…blah…blah…blah. We’ve been over and over it. However, these PSA brainiacs don’t seem to understand the difference between a banned substance and one that has the suggestion `For Veterinary Use Only’ and what that means. Here is one of their more recent comments:
“Since we know we have lurkers here—-can someone answer this for me??
According to an NT reader in reference to humans who are using Bute:
Corona is the best stuff there is for just about everything. it is amazing on diaper rash! There is a disclaimer on the bottles now that it is for Vet use only. But if it is for vet use only….. then why is it sold at the local drug store? RIGHT next to the lotions?
Hurry quick—-ban drug stores!!!”
Sadly, this person was not joking. They really do not know the difference so we’ll try to explain the difference. First off, banned means banned. I’m not sure how else to simplify that for these people. Here is a Bute label…
Notice how it says “Not for use in Horses intended for food”. PERIOD. That’s about as clear as it gets. Also notice that it says under federal law, it must be used by or on order by a licensed vet. I realize that many of us have a bottle of Bute in our fridges or paste or tabs or whatever, but the fact is that you have to get it from a vet. You can’t walk into a feed store, pharmacy or any other place and just pick up some Bute. If your vet knows you well, you can probably just go pick some up whenever you need it. My vet puts a label on it with one of my horse’s names when he give it to me. I really can’t make it any more simple than that.
Now, we have PSAs thinking that a label that says for Veterinary Use Only is the same thing. It’s not. There are many products you can buy at a pharmacy, grocery store etc. that will have this label on it. Things like Mane n Tail shampoo, Absorbine Liniment, Corona Ointment are all readily available to the general public and will have warning on the label. Here is what the FDA has to say about that: “FDA is aware of various products that have made their way into the cosmetic market that were originally developed for use on horses and other animals. While many may believe “if it’s good for a horse, then it should be good for me,” consumers should be aware that FDA does not impose any rules on cosmetic products intended for use on animals. For example, companies that intend to have their product used only on animals are not required to list ingredients on the label. However, if products intended for use on animals are also intended for human use, they must comply with FDA regulatory requirements for cosmetics.” By putting the `Veterinary Use Only” label on their product they can bypass FDA regulations on non-medicinal products. You use them at your own risk.
So what is the risks of using these products? In most cases, probably not much. I use some products like these all the time. Trainers Choice liniment is basically an amped up version of Flexall 5000 and I can buy it in larger quantities and much cheaper at a tack store than I can at a pharmacy. The main difference in these products according to that FDA requires rigorous testing and labelling for human use products. Also, products for human use must 1) be made in a sterile environment, including the ingredients themselves (i.e.water with no bacteria, hairnets and gloves, etc.) 2) list all ingredients on the packaging from the most to the least 3) ingredients not approved for human use to NOT be used. These products are NOT drugs.
Speaking of drugs, I also think it’s important to realize what is and isn’t a drug. I saw one PSA boasting about using DMSO on herself. She thinks DMSO is dexamethasone. No, it is not. Dexamethasone is also known as Azium. It is an anti-inflammatory drug and is also banned for use in animals intended for food. There is some indication that use of Azium in pregnant animals may cause a cleft palate so you might want to be careful with using it on yourself. DMSO is Dimethyl sulfoxide and generally comes as a liquid or a gel. What DMSO primarily is used for is as a carrying agent. It readily penetrates the skin and crosses membranes, so it will carry whatever it is mixed with deeper into the tissues. That is why your vet will often mix it with cortisone to relieve pain. It can be used on its own as a liniment but it is basically classified as a solvent. Personally, I hate the taste in my mouth so I will normally use gloves or a brush to apply it to a horse. My point with all of this is that if you are going to raid the tack box for your own personal use, then you probably should at least have an understanding on WTF you are actually using and why.
By now, I hope you are all as bored as me. I have long known that you can’t fix stupid and I’m not even really trying to. I’m just hoping that maybe some of this will sink in for at least one PSA so that they can just stop wasting everybody else’s time with their ridiculous arguments. I swear in order to be a PSA you must not have an IQ above that of a rather dull carrot. Please let this be the end of it so we can go back to more fun topics. Sunday is going to be fun unless we have another PSA meltdown to recap.