A new Nutriceutical product from Vetpro is Recovery Boost. Packaged in a sealed foil pouch, one size of 800gm provides a 16 day course for horses that have been on antibiotics, getting over a virus, surgery, a trauma event or even just the recovery from an extended strenuous output couple with long distance travel. It has been specifically formulated to assist healing and recovery but will also assist horses with prolonged periods of immobility, or with the negative effects of toxin ingestion. A unique product – Vetpro Recovery Boost contains Colostrum, Glutamine, Vitamin C, B Vitamins and Folic Acid in a yeast base.
Natural Colostrum has relatively high levels of oligosaccharides. These function as prebiotics, thus promoting the growth of probiotics, or beneficial bacteria in the gut. Colostrum has been shown to improve gut health and is very beneficial in the prevention of gastrointestinal injury. Colostrum also contains over 37 different important natural immune factors and more than eight growth factors including Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) and Epidermal Growth Factor (ECF). Both of these stimulate tissue repair and healing, as well as immune factors such as Transfer Factor. These factors have various actions including assisting the action of antibodies and modulating the actions of the immune system. Further it has been shown to be beneficial to horses receiving NSAIDS.
L Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the horses body. It is critical for the proper functioning of the body, but in particular it is most important for the digestive system, immune function and skeletal muscle. In periods of stress and illness glutamine levels are reduced therefore supplementation has been shown to be beneficial. Glutamine improves the growth and repair of the small intestine as well as improving overall immune function. Glutamine protects skeletal muscle mass and is also important for repairing muscle tissue damaged from high intensity exercise, it also increases renal Arginine production, another amino acid important for the body’s response to injury.
Vitamin C – A powerful antioxidant which protects cells from oxidative damage. It also mobilises white blood cells to create a positive immune response. Under normal circumstances a horse is capable of producing its own Vitamin C, however when they are stressed or sick, it has been shown that plasma concentrations of Vitamin C fall below normal levels.
B Vitamins - The horse is usually able to make its own intestinal supply of B Vitamins, however any kind of stress or illness reduces the horse’s ability to provide an adequate supply. Recovery Boost contains all the essential B Vitamins required for daily metabolic processes, for energy metabolism and nerve and muscle functions.
Folic Acid – Under normal conditions horses do not require supplementation, but when restricted from normal pasture and suffering from loss of appetite, it is beneficial to ensure that no deficiency occurs as this can debilitate and delay recovery.
Celmanax ® is an active yeast extract which contains Mannan Oligosacchride, d-Mannose, galactosamine and glucomannans. These all assist to stimulate the bacteria in the hindgut, thus improving the horse’s ability to digest feed, especially fibre. It also improves palatability.
Available from Veterinarians and Equine Stores
Also read our vet article on Colostrum supplementation in mature horses.