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Supporting Foster Dogs

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by Emily Halaszynski When the CASPCA put out the call for emergency fosters this past hurricane season, I jumped at the chance to help clear some kennel space in anticipation of an influx of...

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For the Love of the Senior Horse

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Senior horses are a lot like senior citizens in the human world: sometimes undervalued, but knowing one is an amazing journey of experience and teaching if we just take the time to listen. As...

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A Rash of Roundup: Glyphosate Sensitivity in Horses

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Last September, a vet-tech friend of mine in Texas, Lizzy Meyer, alerted me to the fact that her horse, Elto, had developed what she suspected was a glyphosate sensitivity.  Glyphosate is Monsanto’s herbicide with the...

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Healthy Critters Radio: Probiotics, Bit Fitting and Fashion

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The fifth episode of Healthy Critters Radio on The Horse Radio Network is live and online! This episode includes an interview with Beth Haist at The Horse of Course discussing bits and bit fitting, BioStar discusses probiotics, Hedwig talks...

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Bio Flora EQ: Prebiotics / Probiotics for Horses

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BioStar's Bio Flora EQ: Prebiotics and Probiotics for Horses

BioStar’s Bio Flora EQ

Prebiotics and probiotics for horses have been used as common additives to feed and supplements.   Until recently, the amount of live cultures needed for colonization of the intestines was not known.   Studies at the University of Toronto at Guelph highlight that the minimum amount of live cultures (measured as CFUs – colony forming units) must be at least 100 billion viable cells.   For very sick horses, that requirement may go as high as 400 billion CFUs.

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All mammals live in a symbiotic association with a complex population of microorganisms that inhabit their gastrointestinal tract.    One of the benefits the host animal derives from this relationship is an enhanced resistance to infection and disease.   Under domesticated conditions, stress factors can cause deficiencies to occur which can make the horse vulnerable to infection.

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