29 Apr Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics – What is the difference?

Probiotics are live “good” microorganisms, such as bacteria and yeast. Classic examples of probiotics are the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii and bacteria in the Lactobacillus and Bifobacterium families (e.g., Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is found in some yogurts). In horse supplements, common probiotics include Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus...

19 Apr Gastric Ulcers

An ulcer is an area of damaged and eroded tissue that leaves behind a painful loose of protective tissue. Gastric and duodenal (the first portion of the small intestine) ulcers, are very common. Veterinarians have adopted the term “equine gastric ulcer syndrome” (EGUS) to describe...

15 Apr Thrush

Thrush is a common anaerobic bacterial infection of the horse’s hoof tissue characterized by a black, necrotic (dead), foul-smelling material. Thrush typically affects the central frog or grooves adjacent to and in the middle the frog (collateral sulci). However, severe cases thrush can also invade...