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Founderguard: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I feed Founderguard once or twice a week and still get the same effect?

No. Founderguard needs to be fed daily to be of benefit. It is possible to supplement only at times of increased risk though and is not necessary at times when horses are not receiving high levels of grain. It is recommended to start Founderguard supplementation prior to changing the feeding regime.

My horse has just eaten the entire bucket of Founderguard, should I be worried?

No. Side effects are extremely unlikely. Monitor the horse’s manure over the next 48 hours and if signs of constipation or dry manure develop call your vet.

My horse already has laminitis; can I use Founderguard to treat her?

Founderguard is not a treatment for horses that have already got laminitis and founder. It can however be used to prevent further bouts of laminitis in the future.

My mare is pregnant and suffered from laminitis last time she was pregnant. Can I use Founderguard to help prevent a future bout of laminitis?

Although vets have prescribed Founderguard to pregnant mares, the relevant safety trials have not been conducted and it remains as ‘off label’ usage. Use of Founderguard during pregnancy therefore is a decision for your veterinary surgeon.

When I start to feed Founderguard my horse eats less and its manure becomes hard, is this normal?

Founderguard may initially decrease the rate of passage of food through the large intestine. This results in a decreased appetite and drier manure for up to a week. To stop this occurring the dose may be increased gradually over the first week.

Does the long-term use of Founderguard decrease its effect?

No. Many horses are maintained on long term Founderguard supplementation.

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