Digestion

  1. A product to help stop wood chewing?

    A product to help stop wood chewing?
    Question: Hi. Do you have a product that stops wood chewing? Dr. Kellon: Wood chewing is a behavior that most often has its roots in not enough chew time. For example, horses on wood shavings or sawdust are more likely to chew wood than those on straw because they can munch on straw when there is no hay available. A slow...
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  2. What will help with my horse's many allergies?

    What will help with my horse's many allergies?
    Question: I recently had my horse tested for allergies and am trying to figure out his treatment moving forward. My Gelding is 18 and I have had him since he is 2. For the past 5 years or so he has had on or off loose stool and at spring fall much looser. Started getting extreme hive break outs.  It turns...
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  3. Absorb-All or GUT for my horse's watery discharge?

    Absorb-All or GUT for my horse's watery discharge?
    Question: Which product would be more appropriate to address the watery discharge of an aged (30 yrs old) horse. The issue presents itself in the winter months only and has formerly been successfully addressed by the addition of psyllium seed husk powder and probiotics. which are not fully addressing the issue this year. So I am wondering if adding ABSORB-AL...
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  4. Which protein would be best for my 8 year old?

    Which protein would be best for my 8 year old?
    Question: It has been suggested to me by my chiropractor/vet to add more protein to my 8 yr old gelding, as he's now on Omprezole (sp?). He gets 5 oz. of Uckele's cocosoya oil, so adding more fat might not be useful with products that have protein & fat. I thought of using whey protein isolate or concentrate (NOT whey powder...
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  5. Colostrum will help with your Lab's overproduction of skin bacteria.

    Colostrum will help with your Lab's overproduction of skin bacteria.
    Question: My Maggie (12 year old Lab) just was diagnosed with a skin bacteria that is overproduction of natural bacteria and yeast, and kicked up quite a bill!  Is there something we can use on her or supplement her with that will be preventive in the future?  The vet says it's not contagious, and that these bacteria and yeast are...
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  6. Misconceptions About Hind Gut Health

    Misconceptions About Hind Gut Health
    Hind Gut Health I have written on this topic for over a decade, but continue to encounter many questions and comments that are based on misinformation. For this discussion I am going to define a normal hind gut as one that is functioning normally - normal manure in normal amounts, no excess gas or bloating, normal gut sounds on examination...
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  7. How can I get rid of my mare's big belly and her nervousness?

    How can I get rid of my mare's big belly and her nervousness?
    Question:  I have a 15 yr Twalker mare. I have owned her 5 yrs. She has foaled, but I don't know how many times. She has a huge belly, which she has had since I bought her. Her feet are good. Never laminitic. Overall she is large boned. Has a worried temperament. How can I help her get rid of her belly and help with her...
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  8. Why does my horse get so gassy and have diahrrea during the cooler months?

    Why does my horse get so gassy and have diahrrea during the cooler months?
    Question: Hello - My 16 year old QH gelding gets very gassy and passes a very foul smelling liquid during the cooler months of the year (when he passes gas and when he passes manure). No fever, no colic symptoms, no diarrhea, no loss of appetite, and symptoms are not present during the warmer months. Last year I worked with...
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  9. Is it okay to use Absorb-All and GUT together?

    Is it okay to use Absorb-All and GUT together?
    Question: Hello Dr. Kellon: I am using Absorb-all PM and Gut AM is that over kill. He seemed to to be doing better with the two but now wondering if just one or the other would be better maybe just gut 2X a day. The reason I was using am and pm is that he seemed to be just a...
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  10. Interpreting Equine Behavior

    Interpreting Equine Behavior
    It can be fascinating to read about equine behavior, especially things like the organization in feral bands. However, when it comes to interpreting an individual's more subtle responses there is a good chance we could get it wrong. How many times have you heard it said that when a horse exhibits licking and chewing, e.g. during a body work session...
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