An aid in the treatment and prevention of anaemia in all horses where iron and B-Vitamin co-factors would be beneficial.
FBC BLOODFOOD is a complete ‘blood-building package’ to optimise blood counts and contains 4 major nutrient components for blood building:
It provides a highly concentrated source of elemental iron (98%) and is available in individually packed sachets of palatable sugar-coated granules.
Contains per 30 g sachet:
To be given at key training times at the following doses or as directed by a veterinary surgeon:
Racing, hard work, lactating mares
1 sachet every alternate day for 3 weeks, then as required
Store below 30˚C (Room temperature)
Each box contains: 30 x 30 g sachets
Building blood counts
Feeding standardbred racehorses (pacers, trotters)
Tying-up in horses
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.
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.
High calcium supplementation can cause a reduction in iron absorption and therefore in these circumstances iron supplementation would be beneficial.
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.
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.
Injecting iron carries with it the risk of producing anaphylactic shock (severe allergic reaction) and bypasses the body’s regulatory mechanisms.