Archives: December 2016

  1. Help for Your Horse's Immune Health, Part 3

    Help for Your Horse's Immune Health, Part 3
    Help for Your Horse’s Immune Health Last week we talked about oxidative stress and antioxidants, and how they can influence immune system function. A huge number of studies have also linked oxidative stress/free radicals to chronic diseases and the aging process itself. Equine equivalents of problems associated with oxidative stress including Cushing's disease, Lyme disease, arthritis, recurrent uveitis (moonblindness), pemphigus...
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  2. Help for Your Horse's Immune Health, part 2

    Help for Your Horse's Immune Health, part 2
    Help for Your Horse’s Immune Health The horse's immune system is on guard 24/7 all year, but winter poses some special challenges. Extremes of weather trigger hormonal reactions that influence the immune system. Breathing cold, dry air has been linked to higher rates of respiratory infections which may be because the barrier function of the mucosa lining the respiratory tract...
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  3. Help for Your Horse's Immune Health Part 1

    Help for Your Horse's  Immune Health Part 1
    Help for Your Horse’s Immune Health The Power of Protein Virtually any nutrient you can name has an effect on function of the immune system, but one of the most important is protein.  And of all the components of your horse's diet, protein may be the least understood. Diets low in protein tend to be low-quality in terms of other...
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  4. My horse is allergic to hay

    My horse is allergic to hay
    Question: I am trying to maintain a horse that cannot deal with hay.  In order to get enough calories in him I would like to add Cocasoya to his 5 meals a day.  Is it safe for me to add 2 ounces per meal? You say up to 8 ounces per day - is that the safe limit? The max...
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  5. How do I supplement after moving to a new area?

    How do I supplement after moving to a new area?
    Question: Hello Dr. Kellon - 4 months ago I moved with my 2 horses to a new area (Central LA) where they are now on hay for 92% of their diet - or about 15 lbs. of hay per horse (800 and 900 lbs).  The other couple pounds/day are straight whole oats which I top with a biotin/ Vit E supplement. ...
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  6. Supplements to suit my grass?

    Supplements to suit my grass?
    Question: Hi Dr. Kellon, I am trying to switch my 3yr old to a Uckele vitamin and mineral supplement. I found three products that are all very similar and I'm wondering which would be best for her. Right now she is getting alfalfa and grass hay (from eastern Washington) and very minimal grain (just to get her supplements) mixed with...
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  7. How to get my 3 year old through stall confinement

    How to get my 3 year old through stall confinement
    Question: I have a 3 year old that has a fractured scapula and is going to require stall rest for quite some time, is there a natural supplement for keeping him calm and tranquil as I'm sure by the end he may get sick of being penned up. Thank you, Michelle Dr. Kellon:  For a calming supplement, RLX-All is your...
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  8. Help with joint issues

    Help with joint issues
    Question: I have a 6-year-old OTTB who was recently evaluated by a vet/chiropractor for restriction of the right pelvis, right inter-transverse joint and caudal lumbar spine and restriction of the right lower cervical vertebrae. He also showed mild muscle soreness with palpation over the right inter-transverse joint space. The vet recommended carrot stretches 2x/week, but I would like to start...
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  9. Help with heaves

    Help with heaves
    Question: Currently treating older mare (25)(700 lbs) for heaves. Giving daily Dexamethasone 16 mg, Spirulina and J-Herb. I need to know in tsp/tbs the correct dosage for both. I don't know how much Spirulina to give when dosage is recommended in grams. I am currently giving her about an 1/8 th of a cup. Does it need to be increased...
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  10. My horse has scratches

    My horse has scratches
    Question:  My 21y.o. Appendix QH has a chronic case of scratches. He also has a heart murmur and melanomas around his throatlatch and ear areas, under his tail and spots around his body (vaccine injection sites for example). Yes he is gray. His scratches case is 4 years old, multiple Veterinary treatments, homeopathic, witches brew, etc. later it's still there...
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