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.

Exercise and Gut Health in the Heat

From trail riding to endurance, lessons to racing, exercise in the heat has effects on the digestive tract. Intensity of work is related to how much heat is generated during exercise but intensity is relative. Activity easily handled by a … Continue reading

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The Latest Dog Food Scare

Since horselovers are almost universally doglovers as well, I want to veer a little bit off path for this blog and discuss a dog food scare that is currently spreading like wild  fire. On July 12, the FDA announced they … Continue reading

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Understanding Pain

Short title for an incredibly complicated topic.  There are many different types, causes and pathways for pain.  For the purpose of this blog I will limit the discussion to acute and chronic pain that involves inflammation. At the cellular level … Continue reading

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Is A Salt Block 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 … Continue reading

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Picky Eaters

Most horses are good examples of what it means to “eat like a horse”.  The few that don’t dig in as well can drive their owners nuts. To make things worse, Murphy’s Law often kicks in so the pickiest horses … Continue reading

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Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad?

They sure do – but the labeling laws don’t make it easy for you to figure out which ones may be out of date.  To be fair, a big part of the problem is determining when “out of date” (best … Continue reading

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Vitamin E and Selenium Are Powerful Protectors

Vitamin E and selenium are nutrients familiar to most horsepeople.  They are among the most common deficiencies in unsupplemented animals – and also the only two where deficiency diseases are still routinely seen.  Suboptimal levels also impact health and performance … Continue reading

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Salt to the Rescue

I do some version of this post every year for good reason.  At the least it will safeguard your horse’s well being and performance in the heat.  At best it could save his life. Sweating is the horse’s major mechanism … Continue reading

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Thiamine for Horses

Thiamine (B1) is a member of the water soluble group of B vitamins.  Following absorption it is metabolized to its active form, TPP – thiamine pyrophosphate. TPP is an essential cofactor in multiple reactions involving energy generation from carbohydrate (glucose) … Continue reading

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Parasite Resistance – Where Do We Stand

The doomsday scenario of parasites resistant to all deworming drugs has not materialized but we are facing some challenges.  This will give you current information on resistance, your treatment options and future directions. Note: I have deliberately not used any … Continue reading

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