If you are considering adding a product to your horse’s diet to support your horse’s gastric health, first determine why you want to add it (ulcer prevention/treatment, improved digestion, condition or performance, colic/diarrhea prevention?) and understand how it works – which leads to why it might produce the results you expect.
I recently took issue with Platinum’s “Take the Challenge” campaign regarding their Platinum Performance® Equine that I feel is pricy and does not meet many basic mineral requirements.
However, Platinum’s new Gastric Support™ Challenge campaign has an intriguing line in their online advertising –“...help maintain gastric health by supporting healthy levels of gastric acid and intestinal proteins”.
Read the entire article on my website at DesertEquineBalance.com
Monday, May 09, 2011
The Dog Food Advisor’s approach to choosing dog food is based upon one very important concept… No dog food can ever be magically better than the ingredients that were used to make it
How could it?
Sounds familiar - There are no magic bullets in equine nutrition - the phrase which has been my watch word for several years now.
The other day I picked up a bag of Pelican Bay dog food at Costco - grain free with salmon meal as the first ingredient. I've been feeding it for a few days, my kids like it, the ingredient list seems sane and the cost is an improvement over what I've been paying for other "premium" dog foods.
In looking on the net for feedback from others, I came across a review of this food on the Dog Food Advisor web site. Basic, common sense and addresses some commonly raised pet food questions.
Then I found the About the Dog Food Advisor article - and felt like someone had been reading my mail.
Losing a beloved animal companion in a way that never should have happened is what drove me, also, to learn about nutrition. I trusted my veterinarian (who has since learned with me) and the information provided by feed company representatives. I had a medical background as a paramedic and RN but little grounding in nutrition.
We had slowly (yet innocently) "starved" to death a beloved member of our own family.
So what has this got to do with horses?
Most of us who love horses also love our dogs (and kitties and other furry things). Dr. Mike Sagman's Dog Food Advisor is a wonderful resource to help us keep these members of our family healthy.
Thank you Dr. Sagman for the hours you have devoted to advocacy and for sharing your experience and knowledge by creating this invaluable resource.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Registration is now open for the First Annual
ECIR Group NO LAMINITIS! Conference.
Attendees may register via Pay Pal or by mail.
When: August 5, 6 & 7, 2011
Where: Syracuse, New York
Featured Speakers :
- Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
- Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD
- Members of the ECIR Group Support Team
Registrations received by June 5 qualify for an Early Bird ticket discount price of $150.00. Registration after June 5 will be $175.00
Many plans have been finalized including the Friday Night Meet and Greet and a Saturday Night BBQ thanks to our Gold Benefactors, which currently include Auburn Labs - APF, HorseTech Equine Supplements, Triple Crown Nutrition and Uckele Equine Nutrition.
Please say thanks to these companies next time you contact them.
The NO LAMINITIS! Conference is being hosted by DeMario Farms and Black Horse Consulting in Chittenango, NY. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Days Inn about ten minutes away from DeMario Farms - let them know you are with the ECIR Group when you make your reservation for a ten percent lodging discount. Check out the Where to Stay button for this and other options including camping areas.
Complete conference details are at NoLaminitis.org
ECIRHorse.com - your reference source for Insulin Resistance and Cushing's disease
The ECIR Group - help and support for you and your horse
You can also visit the ECIR Group on Facebook.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Now that the sun is starting to shine in parts of the country, I can finally wear my NO Laminitis! Tee shirt without a jacket over it - and share the message that laminitis can be prevented.
These tee shirts will help support the ECIR Horse web site and the development of a data base for case histories which are currently spread over several sites. These case histories are the largest repository of information on horses with Cushing's disease (PPID) and Insulin Resistance (IR) in the world. Getting them in to a single data base will be a huge step in developing data on these conditions.
More and more horse owners are making changes in their horses's diets and lifestyles before their horses have any problems. Laminitis is often the first visible sign that brings a Cushing's or IR horse to veterinary care - education and up to date information on ECIR Horse and at the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance group helps both horse owners and their vets be proactive in avoiding endocrinopathic (hormonal/metabolic) laminitis.
Stop in at the NO Laminitis! site and get your tee shirt in time for spring - and think about surprising your veterinarian at your spring check up appointment with a tee shirt of their own.