Archives: November 2018

  1. Protecting the Skin during Winter

    Protecting the Skin during Winter
    Winter means a break from insect related skin issues, but it has its own set of unique problems. The cold, dry air in winter leads to a major cause of delayed healing, which is the dehydration of exposed tissue. A moist environment is important for cells to migrate across the wound and for white cells to do their work cleaning...
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  2. Absorb-All will help with your gelding's IBS

    Absorb-All will help with your gelding's IBS
    Question:  I have an 18 year old gelding that was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Ultrasound showed enlarged lymph nodes in the small intestine. We took the horse off grain (fed 1st cutting grass/alfalfa hay, pasture, and Alfa-lox) and the horse got better. Now 18 months later on the no grain diet he did well on before, he dropped weight, was...
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  3. Arthroxigen is the perfect choice for your OTTB's injuries

    Arthroxigen is the perfect choice for your OTTB's injuries
    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 him...
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  4. Glycocemic EQ will help your mini donkeys' metabolic issues

    Glycocemic EQ will help your mini donkeys' metabolic issues
    Question: I have 4 mini donkeys, 2 of which are mom and son. They are a struggle to keep their weight down. The son is the worst, has a good crest going. Mom has a good booty going not a bad crest though. Have had on metabolic supplements for years and the last couple have been a challenge. I use...
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  5. Am I giving my dog too many supplements?

    Am I giving my dog too many supplements?
    Question:  I am concerned that I am overdoing the quantity and/or type of supplements I give my dog Charlie.  She has Allergy tablets, Digest Soft Chews, Joint Plus tablets, Breath Fresh tabs and Omega Oil. In addition to those Uckele products she has Liver Support by Vetclassics which ostensibly supports Normal Liver Function. This last one is sold to me by...
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  6. What is your opinion of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) as a supplement?

    What is your opinion of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) as a supplement?
    Question: There is a huge debate on one of my Facebook groups about giving Epsom salts as a supplements in horse feeds and gut irritation.  I have read lots of articles with very good reports. Dr. Kellon: Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a very easily absorbed form of magnesium and can be used orally but many horses dislike the taste and in high...
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  7. Chondroitin will help with both joint issues and allergic reactions

    Chondroitin will help with both joint issues and allergic reactions
    Question: I have a five-year-old Icelandic with Sweet Itch and Lyme disease. Though I have treated my horse with alternative therapies, which have shown a major reduction in her Lyme titer, and helped with the sweet itch, I still notice that there is weakness in her rear leg, (feels like deep inside shaking, very infrequently), and I am seeing tail rubbing...
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  8. Can you recommend what to feed a senior quarter horse whose teeth are pretty much gone?

    Can you recommend what to feed a senior quarter horse whose teeth are pretty much gone?
    Question: My old quarter horse is dropping clumps of hay. His teeth are pretty much gone. Would you give me a recommendation of what to feed him?  I have been giving him oats and senior feed. Dr. Kellon: These horses do best on a diet with a lot of liquid, from softened to soup-like.  Feed either a complete feed with high fiber (at...
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  9. Would Arthroxigen be a better choice for my senior with soft tissue inflammation?

    Would Arthroxigen be a better choice for my senior with soft tissue inflammation?
    Question: I am taking care of a 32 yr old QH gelding . He is doing well on a balanced senior diet, but has pain from a bone chip in his stifle with soft tissue inflammation (per X-rays). He is getting 1/4 pill of previcox daily per the vet and devil's claw. Topical Voltaren was recommended by the vet as well...
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  10. Preventing Colic in Winter

    Preventing Colic in Winter
    You have probably seen this topic appear several times and in many places - with good reason. Colic is more common in winter (and fall), and the risk factors can be mitigated for the most part. Impaction colic is always mentioned but risk of other types of colic can also increase. The factors include:   Insufficient water intake. This dries...
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