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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Hi Dr Getty~

I was wondering if I need to add probiotics to my 9 month old fillies diet?

-timothy/alfalfa hay(30% alfalfa)- free choice
-Blue Seal Trotter -3lbs daily (which is low starch)
-Accel 1/2 scoop
-Nutra-Flax (just arrived today!)

I do have Probios. A friend gives this to her horses for a week after they have been wormed. Another friend gives it daily.


Where are you from? MA

How did you locate this forum? horse yahoo grp

Re: Probiotics?

Hi MJ,

No need to add a probiotic. First of all, wormers do not destroy bacteria, only worms. So, adding a probiotic serves no benefit after worming. I do recommend probiotics (in large quantities) when administering antibiotics, because antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.

And further, Accel contains live microbials to assist in digestive health, so you are already adding some probiotics.

So, you're doing fine!

All the best,

Dr. Getty