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Colic in Foals
Colic in Foals: Causes, Symptoms Diagnosis & Treatment Dr. Madison Ricard, DVM | November 15, 2023 | Conditions, Foals, Gut Health, Horse Health

Colic, defined as abdominal pain in horses, is a condition that ranges from mild discomfort to severe, life-threatening situations. In foals, colic presents unique challenges and concerns, due to thei...

Pinworms in Horses
Pinworms (Oxyuris Equi) in Horses: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | October 24, 2023 | Gut Health

Equine pinworms, or Oxyuris equi, are common parasites that inhabit the horse's colon. Female pinworms lay their eggs on the perianal skin (around the anus), which can cause intense itching and irrita...

Hindgut Fermentation in Horses
How Does Hindgut Fermentation Work in the Horse? Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | October 24, 2023 | Gut Health

Horses are single stomach (monogastric) herbivores that evolved to graze on fiber-rich roughage. Their unique digestive system consists of a foregut and hindgut, each with different functions for brea...

Enteroliths in Horses
Enteroliths in Horses: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | October 24, 2023 | Conditions, Gut Health

Enteroliths are calcifications or mineral masses that can form in the horse's intestines, sometimes resulting in impaction colic. These intestinal stones form when the horse consumes an indigestible o...

Impaction Colic in Horses
Impaction Colic in Horses: Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | February 23, 2024 | Conditions, Gut Health

Impaction colic in horses is a painful condition caused by an obstruction in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. The term colic describes abdominal pain or ...

Sand Colic in Horses
Sand Colic & Impaction in Horses: Signs, Treatment & Prevention Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | October 25, 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 accumula...

Hay Belly in Horses
Hay Belly in Horses: Signs, Causes, and Treatments Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 29, 2023 | 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 ...

Ranitidine for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment
Ranitidine for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment – [Dosages & Guidelines] Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | 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 alleviat...

Gastric Ulcer Treatment
Gastric Ulcer Treatment in Horses: Management & Prevention Eleanor Stronach, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 26, 2023 | 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) regio...

Gut Dysbiosis in Horses
Gut Dysbiosis in Horses: Problems of the Equine Microbiome Jaime Thomas, B.Sc. | January 24, 2024 | 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 he...

Leaky Gut in Horses
Leaky Gut in Horses – Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Prevention Melissa McGilloway, B.B.R.M., M.Sc. | December 29, 2023 | Gut Health

Leaky gut is a digestive issue is horses that occurs as a component of a broader gut health issue such as dysbiosis, inflammatory bowel disease, or gastric ulcers. It is said that 70% of the horse’s...

Reasons your Horse has Diarrhea
26 Potential Reasons Why Your Horse Has Diarrhea [List] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | January 10, 2024 | Gut Health, Horse Health

Diarrhea is a common problem in horses as it can be a result of many different causes. It is typically a sign of of disrupted function or motility of the hindgut, including dysbiosis or infection. Dia...

How to Feed a Horse with Diarrhea
How and What to Feed a Horse with Diarrhea [Top 10 Tips] Dr. Alex Rankovic, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. | January 11, 2024 | 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 minima...

Causes of Diarrhea in Horses
Diarrhea Causes in Horses: Risk Factors & Complications Dr. Alex Rankovic, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. | December 29, 2023 | 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 ...

Mycotoxins in your Horses Hay
Mycotoxins in your Horse’s Hay – [Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention] Brooklynn Liversidge, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | 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 upse...

Internal Parasites in Horses
Internal Parasites in Horses – Types, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | October 25, 2023 | 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 nut...

Supplements for Digestive Health in Horses
Top 15 Equine Supplements for Digestive Health [Research Review] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | January 9, 2024 | 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 c...

Squamous vs Glandular Ulcers in Horses
Squamous vs Glandular Ulcers in Horses: What’s the Difference? Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | February 5, 2024 | 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 Synd...

Feeding Horses with Ulcers
How to Feed an Ulcer-Prone Horse [12-Step Guide] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 26, 2023 | 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 ...

Right Dorsal Colitis in Horses
Right Dorsal Colitis in Horses – Signs, Causes & Treatment Sydney Banton, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 3, 2023 | 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 R...

NSAIDs Side Effects for Horses
Side Effects of NSAID Use in Horses [Long-Term Risks] Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | October 26, 2023 | 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 impli...

Omeprazole for Horses
Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcers: How it Works + Side Effects Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 26, 2023 | 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 pain...

Prevent Colic in Horses
14 Best Ways to Naturally Prevent Colic in Horses [Countdown] Brooklynn Liversidge, B.Sc., M.Sc. | January 31, 2024 | 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 se...

Antacid Supplements for Horses with Ulcers
Antacid Supplements for Horses: Why they DON’T Work for Ulcers Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 26, 2023 | 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...

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Horses
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Horses – Signs, Causes, Treatment & Diet Sydney Banton, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | 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 ...

How to Prevent Ulcers in Horses
12 Best Ways to Naturally Prevent Ulcers in Horses Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | Conditions, Gut Health

What can you do to prevent ulcers from developing in your horse? Equine ulcers are all too common, with studies showing that up to 90% of horses will be affected by ulcers in their lifetime. Stomach u...

Hindgut Acidosis in Horses
Hindgut Acidosis in Horses – Signs, Causes & How to Prevent Brooklynn Liversidge, B.Sc., M.Sc. | February 28, 2024 | Gut Health

Hindgut acidosis is a condition in which the hindgut of the horse becomes excessively acidic. It is usually caused by too much starch in the horse’s diet, resulting in increased production of lactic...

Ulcer Supplements for Horses
16 Best Ulcer Supplements for Horses – Safe & Natural [Research Review] Hannah Godfrey, B.Sc., M.Sc. | October 25, 2023 | Gut Health

Equine supplements targeted towards ulcer prevention are on the rise, but not all products are created equal. Dietary management for horses with ulcers can include increasing forage and decreasing gra...

Colic Causes in Horses
11 Most Common Causes of Colic in Horses [+ How to Prevent] Casie Bazay, BS, NBCAAM | October 25, 2023 | Gut Health

Colic is a painful, sometimes fatal, condition that strikes fear in the heart of any horse owner. Many cases of colic are mild and can be resolved with veterinary intervention. Others are severe enoug...

Yeast Benefits for Horses
7 Research-Backed Benefits of Yeast for Horses Dr. Priska Darani, Ph.D. | February 26, 2024 | Gut Health, Horse Health, Nutrition

Yeast are single-cell organisms that include over 1,500 unique species found naturally in soil, plants, fruit, and on the skin and in the intestinal tract of mammals. Live yeast are used as probiotic ...