Sand Colic & Impaction in Horses: Signs, Treatment & Prevention

By |2023-02-02T14:03:58-05:00February 2nd, 2023|Gut Health|

Sand colic is a term for abdominal pain in horses caused by the ingestion of sand. Depending on the geographic region, five to thirty percent of all colic cases are caused by sand or sediment accumulation in the gut. Sand colic typically occurs in dry areas with poor vegetation growth. When horses forage, sand particles and other sediments (such as silt and gravel) are ingested and may remain in the large colon for long periods. Sand enteropathy or impaction occurs when sand accumulation damages the large intestine, leading to inflammation of the colon wall, distress or complete bowel obstruction. Without medical intervention, impaction colic can be fatal. Acute colic is a serious condition that requires medical attention. If your horse forages in a sandy region and presents clinical signs of sand colic, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Hay Belly in Horses: Signs, Causes, and Treatments

By |2022-12-20T11:01:08-05:00December 20th, 2022|Gut Health|

A large, round belly doesn't always mean your horse is overweight. Some horses have a hay belly that makes them appear pregnant, yet they may struggle to maintain enough body condition to cover their ribs. While multiple factors contribute to abdominal distention in horses, poor hindgut fermentation of high-fibre, low-quality forage is the primary culprit. These horses may not be getting enough energy and protein from their diet, leading to poor topline and body condition. Dietary changes or gut support are necessary to get rid of the hay belly.

Ranitidine for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment – [Dosages & Guidelines]

By |2022-10-12T15:36:39-04:00October 12th, 2022|Gut Health|

Ranitidine (Zantac) is a medication used to reduce stomach acidity temporarily. It is commonly used in humans and animals to treat peptic ulcers and heartburn. In horses, this drug is used to alleviate gastric ulcers. Ranitidine is an H2 blocker that works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach, helping to heal ulcers. Ranitidine is not as effective as other ulcer treatments such as omeprazole, but your veterinarian may recommend it as part of a multi-drug regimen to prevent and treat ulcers.

Gastric Ulcer Treatment in Horses: Management & Prevention

By |2022-10-24T10:41:35-04:00March 29th, 2022|Conditions, Gut Health|

Gastric ulcers are lesions in the horse's stomach that can cause pain, recurrent colic, poor exercise tolerance, weight loss and behavioural changes in your horse. Ulcers in the squamous (upper) region of the stomach form when gastric acids come into direct contact with the stomach lining, resulting in erosion of this barrier.

Gut Dysbiosis in Horses: Problems of the Equine Microbiome

By |2022-08-21T11:23:36-04:00December 2nd, 2021|Gut Health|

A healthy equine gastrointestinal microbiome contains a diverse range of beneficial microbes that support digestion, immune function and nutrient synthesis. Because horses are hindgut fermenters, a healthy microbiome is essential for overall wellness. Dysbiosis of the gastrointestinal tract can occur if the microbial population becomes unbalanced or dominated by harmful microbes.

Leaky Gut in Horses – Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Prevention

By |2021-09-13T11:05:40-04:00September 13th, 2021|Gut Health|

Leaky gut is a digestive issue that most commonly affects performance horses. It can increase the risk of colic and causes systemic inflammation. It is said that 70% of the horse’s immune system resides in the gut. The horse’s gastrointestinal tract breaks down food and absorbs nutrients while blocking toxins and microbes from entering the body.

25 Potential Reasons Why Your Horse Has Diarrhea [List]

By |2022-10-24T20:48:10-04:00July 21st, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

Diarrhea is a common problem in horses as it can be a result of many different causes. [1] It is typically a sign of infection or dysbiosis in the hindgut. Diarrhea is defined as the excessive and frequent defection of loose or liquid stool. It can result in imbalanced electrolyte levels and impaired water absorption throughout the intestine.

How and What to Feed a Horse with Diarrhea [Top 10 Tips]

By |2022-10-24T11:23:52-04:00July 18th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

Dealing with a horse that has diarrhea requires careful attention to their feeding plan and to their daily management. In some cases, diarrhea is a temporary annoyance that resolves itself with minimal intervention. Chronic cases in which diarrhea persists for at least 7 to 14 days can require greater intervention.

Diarrhea Causes in Horses: Risk Factors & Complications

By |2021-07-08T20:14:07-04:00July 8th, 2021|Conditions, Gut Health|

Diarrhea can affect horses of all ages, breeds and sizes, resulting in dehydration, weight loss, poor nutrient absorption or electrolyte imbalance. Diarrhea is described as the increased excretion of liquid or semi-solid feces. Cases of equine diarrhea can range in severity from mild episodes to serious and long-term episodes, which may require veterinary attention.

Mycotoxins in your Horse’s Hay – [Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention]

By |2021-07-07T20:14:45-04:00July 7th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health, Nutrition|

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxic substances which are produced by mould and fungus in your horse’s hay. Mycotoxins can cause negative effects in horses including colic, gastrointestinal upset, weight loss, feed withdrawal, immune suppression, impaired performance or poor growth.

Internal Parasites in Horses – Types, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

By |2022-03-10T10:00:19-05:00July 2nd, 2021|Conditions, Gut Health|

Internal parasites, also known colloquially as worms, are a common concern for many horse owners. Parasites are organisms that live on the horse’s skin or infiltrate the intestinal tract to gain nutrients. They can cause inflammation, immune problems, ulcers, and, in serious cases, impaction of the intestines.

Top 15 Equine Supplements for Digestive Health [Research Review]

By |2022-08-21T11:31:18-04:00June 21st, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

Maintaining your horse's digestive health is integral to maintaining their overall health. Digestive issues such as colic, ulcers, and hindgut acidosis are some of the most commonly diagnosed health conditions in horses. Learn about research-backed digestive health supplements that can help your horse.

Squamous vs Glandular Ulcers in Horses: What’s the Difference?

By |2022-10-24T09:52:54-04:00June 10th, 2021|Gut Health|

What’s the difference between squamous ulcers and glandular ulcers in horses? Different types of stomach ulcers in horses are commonly described as the general diagnosis of Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS). However, new research suggests it is better to refer to gastric ulcers as two different syndromes depending on the location of ulceration.

How to Feed an Ulcer-Prone Horse [12-Step Guide]

By |2022-10-24T09:36:49-04:00June 6th, 2021|Gut Health|

Nutrition and feeding play an integral role in the prevention of equine ulcers. Ulcer-prone horses can benefit greatly from a feeding program that supports gut health and supports the horse's natural defences against ulcers. Equine ulcers are painful sores or lesions that develop along the digestive tract lining. They can cause poor performance, aggression, and girthiness in your horse. Forage type, meal size, meal composition, and feeding frequency can all impact ulcer risk.

Right Dorsal Colitis in Horses – Signs, Causes & Treatment

By |2022-08-21T11:32:11-04:00June 4th, 2021|Gut Health|

Right dorsal colitis (RDC) is a specific type of ulcerative disease in horses localized to the right, upper region of the large intestine. RDC is sometimes referred to as hindgut ulcers. Horses with RDC can show signs of weight loss, diarrhea, lethargy and reoccurring episodes of colic. In many cases, horses affected by hindgut ulcers have received a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in the recent past.

Side Effects of NSAID Use in Horses [Long-Term Risks]

By |2022-08-21T11:33:07-04:00June 4th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are some of the most commonly used equine medications. They come in several forms, including tablets, powder, paste, or as an injectable. As their name implies, NSAIDs help to control inflammation in the body. Therefore, they are used for a variety of equine ailments such as pain caused by muscle, ligament, or tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, wounds, and colic.

Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcers: How it Works + Side Effects

By |2022-10-24T12:59:58-04:00May 26th, 2021|Gut Health|

Omeprazole is an FDA-approved drug that is sold under the tradenames GastroGard and UlcerGard. Omeprazole is used to prevent or treat equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). Gastric ulceration is a painful condition with an extremely high prevalence in horses. Up to 90% of performance horses are affected by EGUS. High rates of pleasure horses are affected as well. Ulcers are sores or lesions that develop in the intestinal lining of the horse. They can cause your horse to become girthy, resistant to training, agitated and generally crabby.

14 Best Ways to Naturally Prevent Colic in Horses [Countdown]

By |2021-05-31T11:11:15-04:00May 26th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

As many horse owners know, colic is an unpredictable, painful, and sometimes fatal condition. Colic refers to abdominal pain in your horse. It is an amorphous condition that can lead to potentially serious health complications. Colic may present as a mild case that is resolved in less than 24 hours with veterinary treatment. Colic can also be more severe, requiring emergency surgery.

Antacid Supplements for Horses: Why they DON’T Work for Ulcers

By |2022-08-21T11:07:03-04:00May 20th, 2021|Gut Health|

Antacid supplements are some of the most popular options for equine gastric ulcer treatment and prevention – but could they be causing more harm than good? Antacids, such as magnesium hydroxide, are chemical compounds that neutralize stomach acid to temporarily facilitate tissue healing. Excessive acidity in the horse's gastrointestinal tract can result in ulcers developing as cells of the intestinal wall are eroded away.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Horses – Signs, Causes, Treatment & Diet

By |2021-06-08T07:44:30-04:00May 17th, 2021|Gut Health|

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term that describes a group of diseases marked by inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract of the horse. Horses with IBD may show outward signs including recurrent colic, diarrhea, weight loss, and low energy levels. IBD in horses is a rare, but severe, inflammatory condition that affects gut permeability and nutrient absorption.