Archives: July 2018

  1. Can I switch my IR/PPID horse from CocoOmega oil to the granular?

    Can I switch my IR/PPID horse from CocoOmega oil to the granular?
    Question: Hi, I'm a member of the ECIR Outreach Group. I was having trouble getting my Donkey and IR/PPID horse Tabby to eat the ground Flax with their supplements, so have started using the Liquid CocoOmega as a substitute; which they seem to like :) The liquid CocoOmega is on backorder right now. Is it okay for me to temporarily substitute...
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  2. Do I need to switch my vitamin/mineral mix until the grass dries up?

    Do I need to switch my vitamin/mineral mix until the grass dries up?
    Question:  My two endurance horses were doing fantastically well on EQUI VM, which you recommended after reviewing analysis of my hay. They are still on the same hay but now there is grass in their 3 acre pasture and they also eat meadow grasses at every stop on our conditioning rides in the California hills, it's all very green. I am seeing...
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  3. Acetyl-L-Carnitine may help with your horse's neurological issue

    Acetyl-L-Carnitine may help with your horse's neurological issue
    Question:  I have a five-year-old Connemara that experienced neurological problems  and lameness. I presently have him on 10,000 units of vitamin E and wondering if he should also be on amino acids? Bloodwork is fine selenium level is fine. Did spinal tap 40 p.m. and lime which was negative. No known cause of injury. Dr. Kellon: If he had normal muscle...
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  4. Understanding Pain

    Understanding Pain
    UNDERSTANDING PAIN  This is a short title for an incredibly complicated topic.  There are many different types, causes and pathways for pain.  For the purpose of this discussion I will limit the discussion to acute and chronic pain that involves inflammation. At the cellular level, the horse's body is in a constant dynamic balance between damage and repair, death and replacement...
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  5. CocoSoya Oil or Granular for my hard keeper?

    CocoSoya Oil or Granular for my hard keeper?
    Question: I have a 5 year old Tennessee Walker mare named Baby that is a hard keeper. My vet had her on ulcer medication when I first got her, due to her forcefully shaking her feed bucket with her face ,and sucking every last pellet, about 30 minutes, from her teeth and lips. Weird, I know. Now she does not shake...
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  6. Could the Magnesium or Malic Acid be making my horse spooky?

    Could the Magnesium or Malic Acid be making my horse spooky?
    Question: Shayna has been on the magnesium and the malic acid for 1 week: 1) Does the malic acid need to be given every 12 hours or is it possible to give every 24 instead? 2) She seems “spooky”. It’s not bad but this horse is dead quiet and nothing ever bothers her and now she acting like my Arab...
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  7. I'm feeding well, but my horse keeps getting thinner

    I'm feeding well, but my horse keeps getting thinner
    Question: Hi Dr. Kellon, We have conversed on the ECIR boards. My horse 'Yellow Horse' has been tested and has normal levels for 'IR, PPID', so this is not a concern while I am feeding Quattro, a strict balanced diet.  Yellow Horse is doing the same with these additions. In addition to hay he gets soaked beet pulp/ODTC with ultimate finish...
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  8. Is a Salt Block Enough?

    Is a Salt Block Enough?
    Is a Salt Block Enough? While horses can, and do, lick salt blocks it may not be enough. It's a perennial question. Can a horse meet his salt needs from a salt block?  In a way, it's a trick question.  There is more than enough salt there to meet the horse's needs.  The real question is will the horse consume...
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  9. Is CocoSoya okay to use for my horse with laminitis?

    Is CocoSoya okay to use for my horse with laminitis?
    Question: What is the omega 3 to omega 6 ration of cocosoya oil? My mare is insulin resistant and also has a bad flare up of laminitis. I don't want to increase the amount of inflammation she has by using CocoSoya oil. I need to mix her powder supplements with a liquid and have been using sugar free maple syrup sweetened...
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  10. Which joint product will be best for my horse's hocks?

    Which joint product will be best for my horse's hocks?
    Question: My horse was getting her hocks injected every 3-6 months for 4 years until her diagnosis of PSSM. It never seemed to make a dramatic improvement.  4 times a year for a trail horse/pet? Finally After the PSSM Diagnosis, I only had them done once in the spring time when the vet that would see her would say she...
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