Blood Building

FBC BLOODFOOD® blood building supplement for horses

An aid in the treatment and prevention of anaemia in all horses where iron and B-Vitamin co-factors would be beneficial.

  • Horse
  • Australian made
    Australian made


FBC BLOODFOOD is a complete ‘blood-building package’ to optimise blood counts and contains 4 major nutrient components for blood building:

  • Iron
  • Trace minerals
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Amino acids

It provides a highly concentrated source of elemental iron (98%) and is available in individually packed sachets of palatable sugar-coated granules.


  • Horses recovering from sickness, injury, bleeding, surgery or anaemia
  • Horses suffering heavy parasitism
  • Performance horses starting training or coming back into work
  • Breeding horses and lactating mares who have extra iron demands placed on their body


  • Highly concentrated source of elemental iron - FBC BLOODFOOD contains 98% iron carbonyl, the most concentrated form of iron; micronized for maximum availability.
  • Contains other essential components – Added copper, cobalt and amino acids are all required for blood production and creation of proteins contained in red blood cells and haemoglobin.
  • Safe alternative to injectables - FBC BLOODFOOD contains high levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid to stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells; and eliminates the need for B12 and folic acid injections.
  • Accurate dose and excellent palatability.


Contains per 30 g sachet:

  • Vitamins
    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 15 mg
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavine) 25 mg
    • Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) 300 mg
    • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 15 mg
    • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin) 500 µg
    • Folic Acid 7.5 mg
  • Minerals
    • Iron (as iron carbonyl and ferric pyrophosphate) 230 mg
    • Copper 18 mg
    • Carbonate Cobaltous Sulfate Heptahydrate Cobalt 1 mg
  • Amino Acids    
    • Glycine 15 mg
    • Lysine 15 mg
    • Methionine 15 mg


To be given at key training times at the following doses or as directed by a veterinary surgeon:

  • Horses (450 - 500 kg)

    Racing, hard work, lactating mares

  • Ponies (225 - 250 kg)

    1 sachet every alternate day for 3 weeks, then as required

  • Light Work, Pregnant Mares, Stallions at Stud
    • Initial dose: 1 sachet daily for 10 days
    • Maintenance dose: 1 sachet every alternate day for 10 days, or as required


Store below 30˚C (Room temperature)


Each box contains: 30 x 30 g sachets

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  • Can I give too much iron?

    Too much iron can cause a degree of gut ache. The forms of iron in FBC BLOODFOOD 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.

  • Can I use FBC BLOODFOOD on an animal other than a horse?

    FBC BLOODFOOD is registered for use in horses which means it may be safely used in horses. The use of this product in any other species would be considered “off label usage”. Products should not be used outside of their registered label claims without first consulting a veterinarian (if at all). Variation in metabolisms between different species mean that dose rates can vary quite widely and that some species may be far more sensitive than others making products dangerous or even potentially fatal to those animals. It is for this reason that “off label dosage" should only be conducted under the supervision of a veterinarian.

  • 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.

  • What is Anaemia?

    Anaemia is a low red blood cell count or a low PCV (packed cell volume) or a low Haemoglobin reading or a low MCHC (mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration) or low MCH (mean corpuscular haemoglobin). 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 the horse's gums appearing paler than usual.