Archives: January 2017

  1. What to do about rain rot?

    What to do about rain rot?
    Question:  Hello - I have a 5 year old draft QH cross whose sire is Cremello and she's a Palomino. I've discovered in the first year of owning her that her skin is sensitive and prone to rain rot when there's excessive rainfall. (also she's flat-backed). What supplements would support her healthy skin from the inside out?  Thank you, Judy...
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  2. Tying up on endurance ride?

    Tying up on endurance ride?
    Question: Hello Dr Kellon, My quarter horse with EPSM is doing great, thank you for all your help.  Now however, I bought a second horse a few months back and I am doing endurance rides with her (25 miles currently). This last weekend she tied up on me.  The ride vet said she was too cold and most likely low...
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  3. Salt blocks or granulated?

    Salt blocks or granulated?
    Question: What do you think of granulated salt versus salt blocks for horses? Do you have a recommendation in this area?  Denise Dr. Kellon: The "best" form of salt is any one that the horse will consume in sufficient amounts.  This means, for the average size adult horse, a minimum of 1 oz/day in cold weather and 2 to 3...
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  4. If I feed salt, do I need to feed electrolytes?

    If I feed salt, do I need to feed electrolytes?
    Question:  My horse has a salt block available at all times.  Do I need to feed electrolytes? Dr. Kellon:  It depends on the time of year, how much your horse sweats and how much the horse actually eats.  In cool weather with no formal work your horse needs 1 oz/day so a 4 lb stall size lick should last 64...
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  5. Why is my horse still dehydrated after taking electrolytes?

    Why is my horse still dehydrated after taking electrolytes?
    Question:  I'm using the heavily advertised electrolyte powder XXXXX from XXXXX instead of salt to supplement my horse during the summer.  We ride about 20 hours a week.  The supplement is apple flavored and she eats it right down but I noticed when I do that skin pinch test for dehydration her skin stays pinched out most of the time...
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  6. What to do for kidney failure and possible ulcers?

    What to do for kidney failure and possible ulcers?
    Question: Hi there, I have 17 year old gelding that I am looking for supplement advice on. He was in acute kidney failure about 2 years ago due to an unknown cause. He was treated with IV fluids and furosemide for about 2 weeks and pulled through. He was scoped for ulcers during that time and was negative. I was...
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  7. GUT and Absorb-All: What's the difference?

    GUT and Absorb-All: What's the difference?
    Question: Could you please describe the differences in the GUT vs Absorb-All products? What would be the best circumstances for each to be used in?  Susan Dr. Kellon: G.U.T. is a unique product that will coat and soothe the digestive tract.  It also supports healing of tissues and cellular proliferation and G.U.T. has ingredients targeting stomach health.  Choose G.U.T. to...
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  8. Psyllium: pellet or powder?

    Psyllium: pellet or powder?
    Question: Good morning Dr. Kellon, I WAS a user of psyllium for my horses until one had colic and died from it. I was using the pellet form. My vet wants me to put my other 3 horses back on it as he detected sand in the gut thru his stethoscope and a fecal check. One horse is related to...
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  9. What could be causing my horse's soft stool?

    What could be causing my horse's soft stool?
    Question:  I just purchased a 16 YO QH/Paint mare who I've ridden and known for a couple years. She has occasional runny poo, and soft stool. No one has really done any testing on her to determine the cause however we do have recent bloodwork that is fairly normal. It's suspected there could be an allergy to drying agents in...
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  10. The connection between solid nutrition and healthy hooves

    The connection between solid nutrition and healthy hooves
    Because the hoof is a very active tissue that is constantly growing and restructuring, its nutritional needs are very high. Although trim and genetics are important factors, good nutrition also plays a vital role in hoof health. Protein, fats, and minerals are the building blocks of healthy hoof nutrition and supplements. Inadequate protein, or deficient methionine, limits the ability to...
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