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Re: [RC] beet pulp and shots - Susan Garlinghouse

1. I'm getting ready for spring shots.  Was concerned >about giving all the
vaccines at the same time.  Especially

This isn't based on clinical experience, just on what they taught us in vet
school, that yes, ideally it's better to spread vaccinations out over a few
weeks or whatever to get a better response from the immune system.  However,
you have to balance that against the animal actually getting everything he's
supposed to---better that the vet come and vaccinate for (almost) everything
all at once, than have to schedule several trips and much higher expense,
and a good possibility that some corners will be skipped somewhere and
vaccines not actually be given.  If you give the vaccines yourself, and if
your record keeping and self-reminders are good, then spacing them out is
fine.  You also want to be sure NOT to give the intranasal strangles within
a few days of an intramuscular vaccine---the IN strangles is modified live
and will cause a nasty abscess if any gets into an injection site or other
boo-boo.  Just a good practice to keep all those needles entirely separate
so there's less chance of that.

2.  Regarding beet pulp.  Any record of it being >responsible for colics?

Sure.  Same as for hay, grain, grass, parasites, a change in the wind and
bad karma.  Like anything else, you have to feed beet pulp with a good
helping of education and common sense, eh?  :-)

And will it help rid the intestinal tract if there is any >possible sand
in there?  I think I remember reading >somewhere that beet pulp was more
effective than >pslium?  Not sure.

No data to support the theory, but I think it does.  The idea is that the
soluble fiber in psyllium swells and either a) causes enough postprandial
peristalsis (gut motility after eating) that sand is moved out along with an
almighty bowel movement, or b) somehow preferentially picks up the sand in
the hindgut on its way through and transports it onward.  I vote for the
former rather than the latter, especially since results are obtained when
feeding a fairly large amount of the stuff.

IMO, beet pulp works about the same because it too has a very high soluble
fiber content, plus is generally fed in larger and more frequent amounts
than psyllium.

So, does it work *better* than psyllium, dunno.  No clinical trials to
ellucidate either way.  I think it works pretty well, has some other nifty
benefits and is alot cheaper for what you get, and that's good enough for

Susan G

Anyway, any insight would be greatly appreciated...thanks.

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[RC] beet pulp and shots, Kathie Ford