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Ironcyclen: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Anaemia?

Anaemia is a low red blood cell count or a low PCV or a low Haemoglobin reading or a low MCHC or low MCH. Any of those factors or all of them are termed anaemia.

How can I tell if my horse is anaemic?

A blood sample is the only way to definitively tell if your horse is anaemic but some of the clinical signs are:

  • Decreased performance due to a lowered oxygen carrying ability.
  • Poor recovery from exercise and excessive blowing
  • Lack of stamina, poor finishing ability and general lethargy
  • Swelling of lower legs and a rough dull coat,
  • Pale mucous membranes may also be noticed such as horses gums paler than usual.

Can I give too much Iron?

Too much iron can cause a degree of gut ache. The forms of iron in BLUD are less likely to cause this however if there is too much iron in the diet the gut simply closes the gate preventing excessive absorption.

Why do we use less injectable iron these days?

Injecting iron carries with it the risk of producing anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction) and bypasses the body’s regulatory mechanisms.

Does calcium supplementation affect iron absorption?

High calcium supplementation can cause a reduction in iron absorption and therefore in these circumstances iron supplementation would be beneficial.

Why doesn’t Ironcyclen contain Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is not absorbed well in horses and iron and copper in solution rapidly destroys it. Horses can make their own vitamin C.

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