Re: [equineveterinarymedicine] Re: Antihistamines
- I only know what horse people have told me who use Flaxseed. They grind it up in a coffee grinder and sprinkle it over the horse feed during the spring weeks when the horse is losing its winter coat. It helps them to shed faster and better.But every single one of them have said they only do it for a few weeks because it's too rough on the liver of the horse. It damages the liver if given too long a time. That is what they have all told me. I'm not a vet and frankly I don't know whether regular vets have really dealt with this issue and know that much about it.I just know what long time horse people have told me, and they all seem to agree about this.But there are other sources of Omega 3.Flaxseed is just one source.There are oils that are high in Omega 3 and some foods too.Myself , I use Salmon Oil for ME.Wonder if that would be also good for a horse ???You'd need to ask a holistic vet because they specialize in these things.We have one on this list.Guess they have not seen this question yet, to join in.Ellen - - are you out there ???We need your expertise.CarrieFl----- Original Message -----From: jdavis2239@...Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 9:01 AMSubject: Re: [equineveterinarymedicine] Re: AntihistaminesHi Suzy!
I just got an e-mail from someone that said (not a vet) flaxseed should not be given on a long term basis because it harms the liver. I have never heard of this have you??
I would love to try the flaxseed because like you said it is a healthy supplement anyway, infact what I have read on it in articles it has a calming effect on horses as well. In the meantime my vet has prescribed an antihistamine. I am supposed to give my mare eight pills a day. So we will see. I even sent away to England for a anti-itch spray that is supposed to work for summer itch etc. It is all natural so I thought I would give that a try. When she does get a bug bite she swells up in the area and like your gelding itches all over. Let me know what you think about the flaxseed.
Thanks for your response. Jackie
> WHAT ABOUT FEEDING CORN OIL TO HORSES INSTEAD OF FLAX?Corn oil is high in omega 6 which are pro-inflammatory, and feedinmg a lot
of oil causes insulin resistance. I would stick to an ounce or two of flax
which is high in omega 3, same as grass.