Senior Care

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. How can I help my arthritic senior?

    How can I help my arthritic senior?
    Question: I have a 32 yr old mare that has arthritis and calcium deposits in her left knee. I have her on a joint supplement but it doesn't seem to help. She is very stiff when she stands around. Once she starts moving she seems better. Do you have a product that would help? Dr. Kellon: I would suggest switching to...
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  5. Older Horses and Stiff Joints in Winter

    Older Horses and Stiff Joints in Winter
    Older Horses and Stiff Joints in Winter Retired seniors that are holding weight and getting around comfortably in the warmer months can experience greatly reduced strength and mobility in the cold, to the point they may have difficulty getting up. The explanation for this involves many factors. Reduced exercise:  Use it or lose it is very true. Horses may be stalled...
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  6. Can you suggest products that combine all the supplements I feed?

    Can you suggest products that combine all the supplements I feed?
    Question: My 25+ OTTB is very difficult to feed and has multiple health issues. She is currently on DEX and the vet thinks I may have to keep her on it for the rest of her life  due to a damaged lymph system as she has chronic swelling to the rt. hind fetlock joint and has had several bouts of...
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  7. What should I feed my senior ponies and mini mares?

    What should I feed my senior ponies and mini mares?
    Question: I have 3 large ponies: 2 mares and 1 gelding close to if not 20 yrs old, seem healthy and no issues, not being ridden now, and 2 Mini Mares 34-36."  One could be over 30, tested positive for Cushings but non insulin resistance, seems fine,  just can't eat hay, got choke in June, too.  All hay away feed...
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  8. Getting Nutritional Advice

    Getting Nutritional Advice
    Getting Nutritional Advice Nutrition is a science that incorporates physiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and biology. Nutrition is also as much a specialty as Orthopedics, Pharmacology, and more. Nutrition can be studied at the Masters degree or Ph.D. level. Veterinarians are not taught much nutrition in school. Neither are M.D.s, Farriers and trimmers, chiropractors, body workers, barn owners, trainers, fellow owners, clerks at...
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  9. Can I feed my horse Equi-Base Senior?

    Can I feed my horse Equi-Base Senior?
    Question: I just ordered two 10lb buckets of the Equi-Base Sr. I have opened one and am beginning to use it. I was feeding it to both my horses and unfortunately,  my other 33 year old mare passed away.  I'm wondering if I can continue with the Equi-Base Sr with the horse I wrote you about until it is used...
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  10. How can I help my OTTB's deep hoof cracks starting at the coronet band?

    How can I help my OTTB's deep hoof cracks starting at the coronet band?
    Question: I have an OTTB mare who has been barefoot for 18 years and trimmed every 5 weeks. She has thin soles and walls. Last summer, and again this summer, she has developed deep cracks in the hoof wall that begin at the cornet band. They started on one of the the front hooves. and now I am seeing one...
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