Author Archives: Dr. Kellon

About Dr. Kellon

Graduate of University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Owner of Equine Nutritional Solutions, www.drkellon.com, industry and private nutritional consultations, online nutritional courses. Staff Veterinary Expert at Uckele Health and Nutrition.

Coronavirus is Affecting Horses Too

COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 does not infect horses but the lives and welfare of horses are being impacted nonetheless.  They are collateral damage in the need to impose social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Across the country and around the … Continue reading

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Is Your Horse Overweight?

Carrying excess poundage is a serious health issue for any species but when your normal weight is already 800+ pounds the problem is magnified. Even if pregnant, these horses are grossly obese Remember basic physics?  Force = Mass x Acceleration. … Continue reading

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Nutritional Support for Shedding

Mother Nature provides our horses with a dense coat to protect them in Winter but getting rid of it in the Spring is a hassle.  Shedding is triggered by changes in day length. There are many factors that may either  … Continue reading

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One Medicine

One of the introductory lectures when I started veterinary school talked about how the University of Pennsylvania believed strongly in the principle of One Medicine. The German physician and scientist Rudolph Virchow first proposed this concept and said: “Between animal … Continue reading

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Digestive Issues in Horses on Dry Diets

When horses can’t have fresh pasture, either because of stall confinement or the season, the logical next best thing is hay. After all, hay is just dried grass. All the major nutrients – fiber, protein, carbohydrate – are basically the … Continue reading

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Fasting Insulin in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Abnormally high insulin is a key feature of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and responsible for the high laminitis risk but there has been considerable uncertainty regarding the best way to test for abnormal insulin. The earliest suggestion was to fast the … Continue reading

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Anemia in Horses

Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front.  Insufficient iron is not the cause of your horse’s anemia, and feeding more iron is not going to fix it. In fact, it might make things worse.  Even if … Continue reading

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Sulfate – Essential to Health

Sulfur in the form of sulfate is essential for life in organisms from bacteria to plants to horses.  Sulfate is an ion with a negative charge, SO4-2 Bacteria in the soil form sulfate from sulfur and oxygen. Soil sulfate may … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Immune System

The horse’s immune system is always busy. Even when the horse is healthy it is performing its background functions of removing dead or damaged cells, guarding all the mucus membranes that are portals into the body from the outside world … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease in Horses

Tick season will be starting up again soon and with it the risk of Lyme Disease. The first report of horses carrying antibodies to the organism causing Lyme Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, appeared in the scientific literature 35 years ago. Skepticism … Continue reading

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