Keeping the microbiome healthy involves various management strategies, such as offering an appropriate diet, minimizing abrupt changes in diet, and adding various dietary supplements, including prebiotics, probiotics, curcumin, and now possibly kefir, according to some researchers.
Many horsemen believe that diets should be more heavily fortified as horses age in order to make up for losses in digestive efficiency, but new research is challenging this notion.
Horses lose their appetite for a variety of reasons. One lesser-known cause is gastrointestinal discomfort emanating from gastric ulcers and hindgut acidosis.
When should I start my mare on a gastric supplement after she's been on a course of prescription omeprazole?
With the ever-increasing use of nutraceuticals in equine medicine, one research team explored the use of curcumin to help minimize the proliferation of opportunistic bateria that may cause diarrhea-causing alterations in the intestinal microbiome.
While bacteria are frequently blamed for foal diarrhea, the underlying cause remains unclear in many cases. Recently, researchers suggest that dysbiosis, an alteration in the intestinal microbiota, could contribute to the problem.
My aged mare has longstanding diarrhea. Can EquiShure help?
According to a group of scientists, aloe vera isn’t just soothing for burnt or irritated skin but also potentially beneficial for protecting the sensitive lining of the stomach.
Greater awareness of this has led horse owners to be more conscientious of management practices that optimize gastric health, including the use of FDA-approved treatments such as omeprazole and research-based nutritional supplements such as Rite-Trac.
A group of equine veterinary researchers suggested several reasons why should you look to nutritional supplements and natural products to help prevent or manage equine gastric ulcer syndrome in horses.
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