Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
Topics click on Vet Advice Menu.
Q: My 32 year old pony started scouring six weeks ago and my vet
is at a loss as to what to do. My pony has been tested for liver
and kidney failure, worms and diabetes.
He has had
blood and urine tests and nothing has showed up. Would alternative
or diarrhoea is a difficult problem to tackle. Before I started
to use herbs I was also at a loss as to what to do. Now however
I find that most cases respond very well. Some of the single herbs
I find most effective are slippery elm to help protect the bowel
lining and aloe vera, which helps calm inflammation.
I also find
pysllium husks (which are also used for constipation) useful. As
well as these single herbs, the most important product I use is an Ayurvedic formula, which contains a
variety of herbs and helps to slow bowel movement. I have found
that almost all cases respond well to such regimes within a few
days, however, it does take a long time (several months On the herbs)
for the bowel lining to completely regenerate, and an anti-oxidant,
immune-support formula is also useful in many cases.
are worthwhile and I would recommend these. One last point. In some
cases, overgrowth of the wrong bacteria in the gut is an important
fact and I find that grapefruit seed extract liquid is very useful.
According to some research, it is effective at killing off those
bacteria that are causing the problem, while leaving beneficial
bacteria largely untouched. Antibiotics have the effect of killing
off good and bad bacteria and I think they can often cause more
problems than they solve.
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