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 Dr. Getty 


Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Re: Abscess

Hello Catherine,

Thank you for your patience -- I am discontinuing this forum for the time-being.

By now, hopefully your horse has healed. But, for future reference, adequate circulation and immune system function is essential in preventing abscesses. Antioxidants are key, as well as B vitamins. PreOx in a double dose would be my first approach. You can always add more vitamin C, up to 15,000 additional mgs (the PreOx at a double dose has 5,000 mg of vitamin C).

All the best,

Dr. Juliet Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse
Contributing Nutrition Editor of the Horse Journal

Dear Dr Getty,
What specific vitamins or minerals would you recommend for horses prone to foot abscesses? particularly painful sub-solar abscess, that are very slow to supurate.
Thank you for replying to my last message.

Where are you from? Waverly, Ohio