Horse Probiotics, Prebiotics, Antibiotics, what do they do?

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Balance is the Key

Horses typically have billions of helpful bacteria and yeast living in their digestive system to help process food to energy and discourage bad bacteria that could harm your horse. These are the probiotics. Antibiotics are a medication typically prescribed to prevent or treat infections. Unfortunately, while not only killing the bad infection causing bacteria, they also are known to kill the good, helpful, bacteria in a horse’s digestive system. Prebiotics are a non-digestible fibre that help probiotics do their things. Your horse doesn’t digest prebiotics, but the good bacteria in their stomach does, to help them thrive. Historically, horses would get enough probiotics and prebiotics from their wandering and grazing, however, in our modern world of stables and limited pasture, we humans need to help them along with their diets.

Horse eating grass

in our modern world of stables and limited pasture,

Probiotics, such as AbActive and AbPrazole, help improve the balance of healthy gut flora in your horse. Probiotics also help break down and ferment grass and hay for better digestion and nutrient absorption, promote healthy and regular bowels, manufacture B vitamins, protect the lining of the intestines, and provide an overall hand up in the health of your horse’s digestive system. Probiotics help keep weight on, avoid colic, avoid stomach ulcers, and basic overall health. They can also help your horse recover from weight loss, colic, diarrhea, and stomach ulcers. Probiotics also help prevent damage from stomach irritating medications.

Diet and Digestive

Horses have very sensitive digestive systems, and their overall health relies on optimal gastrointestinal tract function. Antibiotics can have all sorts of fun side-effects on your horse due to imbalance your horses digestive system. These side-effects include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, colic and potentially ulcers. Your veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics only when truly needed. The stomach upset and gastrointestinal imbalance is why it is advised that you give your horse probiotics three to four hours after you give them an antibiotic dose.

After you have finished a regime of worming or antibiotics, it’s a good idea to provide your horse with both prebiotics and probiotics to help them get their digestive system balanced as soon as possible. Probiotic AbActive comes in flavorless, enteric coated granules; that can be given in one easy dose a day and help keep your horse healthy and happy.

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