Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Rethinking Deworming Strategy

Deworming by fecal egg count (FEC) is advocated as a way to avoid overexposure of parasites to deworming drugs. It’s important to understand the effect of deworming by FEC is primarily to minimize environmental contamination, not optimally protect the individual. … Continue reading

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Canine DCM Again

For those of you following the alleged connection between dilated cardiomyopathy and canine dog foods, finally a voice of reason: https://www.petfoodindustry.com/blogs/10-debunking-pet-food-myths-and-misconceptions/post/8475-beg-pet-food-and-dcm-part-2-is-veterinary-bias-at-play?utm_source=KnowledgeMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Petfood%20Industry%20News&utm_campaign=Petfood%20Industry%20News_Wed_9_11_19&eid=437129444&bid=2518015 Also nice to see carnitine finally mentioned. Eleanor Kellon, VMD

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Tendon and Ligament Care

Tendons and ligaments are specialized forms of connective tissue. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments are anchored only to bone at each end.  Both are composed of interwoven strands of type I collagen protein in a structure much like a … Continue reading

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Obesity and Metabolic Problems

The vast majority of us are well familiar with how easy it is to gain weight with the wrong foods or simply too much food and how hard it can be to lose it. The same is true for most … Continue reading

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Nervous System Support

A horse embodies grace, power, balance and movement.  Nothing is more potentially devastating than nervous system dysfunction involving brain, spinal cord or nerves. I’m often asked about ways to nutritionally support the nervous system. A horse embodies grace, power, balance … Continue reading

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Special: Update on Garlic and Horses

Garlic has a long history of possible health benefits but its safety has been questioned because other members of the Allium family (i.e. wild onion) are known to potentially cause hemolytic anemia. In 2005, Pearson et al published a study … Continue reading

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Abductive Reasoning – Not Enough for Diagnosis

This blog first ran in 2013 – it still holds true. You’ve heard “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…… it must be a duck”.  That is an example of abductive reasoning, more accurately inference, where a … Continue reading

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Struggling Lungs

ProAir, Vitamin C, Lung EQ, Spirulina Most of your horse’s body is heavily oriented to minimizing contact with the rest of the world but the lungs rely on it to function.  This makes their job of extracting oxygen and releasing … Continue reading

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The Seasonal ACTH Rise

ACTH, adrenocorticotropic hormone, is produced by the pituitary gland. It’s function is to trigger cortisol release from the adrenal gland.  Every year in the fall there is a temporary increase in the amount of ACTH produced. For most horses this … Continue reading

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Feet in the Heat

Throughout history, horses have been able to perform and thrive in very hot, even desert, environments. Breeds such as the Arabian, Akhal-Teke and predecessors like Turkoman and Byerly Turk are among the many desert adapted breeds. Healthy hooves withstand dry, … Continue reading

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