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    Default Any opinion on this product? Foal colostrum oral gel

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...0-cbebc2094783

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    Default Always use it...

    I haven't used that one in particular... but I always keep one in my foaling kit.. I usually give my babies just a shot, doesn't hurt them and if it gives them a jump start.. I am all for that.. babies are such risk anyway.. I want to bump the odds.



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    This is not a product that I have used but interested to hear from others..
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    It's dried bovine colostrum, therefore almost certainly completely useless for a horse, not only because cow antibodies don't work on horses but because dried colostrum does not contain any "live", active antibodies in the first place. And what a measly 2mg of ANY colostrum could possibly do is questionable. You *might* succeed in immunizing the foal against cow antibodies.

    It would better and more accurately be labeled "a little bit of enriched powdered milk with some other stuff".
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    Lol! Thanks, dw! That's just the feedback I needed! I have accused my mare of being a bovine once or twice...



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    As deltawave noted, it's bovine. We keep on hand, a couple bottles of Seramune as well as freeze some colostrum from mares every year. We will often give the foal some colostrum and/or Seramune before it ever gets up and starts to nurse. As soon as something hits the foal's gut, it begins to shut down and anyone that's been around a new foal has witnessed it literally trying to nurse on anything and everything it's muzzle comes into contact with. So, by giving it colostrum/Seramune, it gives us a bit of a jump on what baby is putting in it's stomach, as well as hopefully giving it a bit of a boost on its IgG's . Good luck!
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    This would be much more worth your money: http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...a6635&gas=mare milker Love this product !!!

    Like Kathy, we also have been milking our mares for the past 4 years or so. I give a bottle (of the dam's fresh milk/colostrum) to the foal before it stands. I have noted that the foals are much stronger and it seems to prevent the "foal diarrhea".

    Once the foal is up and has nursed sufficiently, we milk the mare again and freeze some for emergency use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equine Reproduction View Post
    As deltawave noted, it's bovine. We keep on hand, a couple bottles of Seramune as well as freeze some colostrum from mares every year. We will often give the foal some colostrum and/or Seramune before it ever gets up and starts to nurse. As soon as something hits the foal's gut, it begins to shut down and anyone that's been around a new foal has witnessed it literally trying to nurse on anything and everything it's muzzle comes into contact with. So, by giving it colostrum/Seramune, it gives us a bit of a jump on what baby is putting in it's stomach, as well as hopefully giving it a bit of a boost on its IgG's . Good luck!
    This is what I prefer, I do personally for my mares, and it bears repeating. One of the big-name clients at the practice I did my internship at bred and foaled what seemed like gazillions of mares each year-and they tested the colostrum before they'd let the foals nurse. The mares that tested high would get milked and frozen, the mares that tested low would have their foals either bottlefed or tubed with frozen colostrum from the high testing mares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grataan View Post
    One of the big-name clients at the practice I did my internship at bred and foaled what seemed like gazillions ...
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