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Re: Baking Soda

     I have been recently doing some checking on the cause
of ulcers because I have been curious why our products
Bone Heal, and our new Anidophilus seems to be so
effective in relieving the symptoms in the horses using
    It seems that it is now believed that ulcers are actually
caused by a bacteria which is spread by flies.  Maybe that
is another reason why stall-bound horses are much more
liable to develope ulcers.  I have been told that ulcers can
actually be treated by using an antibiotic which will kill off
the "bad" bacteria.  However, the lactobacillus products
used during and after the antibiotics actually provide the
"good" bacteria which competes for "space" in the stomache
lining, thus helping to wipe out the harmful bacteria.  Our
product has pectin in it which helps to coat the interior of
the stomache.  When people try to cut back on the "acid"
in the stomache they are actually doing the animal harm, as
the acid is needed.  When the natural coating of the stomache
gets too thin, the bacteria (helio bactr pilori--bad sp., I'm sure)
has a chance to adhere, and the ulcer is formed.
    Our Bone Heal, with it's calcium, phosphorus mix, actually
helps to coat the stomache lining while the ulcer is healing.
     I had never heard of treating ulcers with antibiotics before,
and I had never known about the bacteria being carried by flies.
I just found all this very interesting.  Thought I'd pass it on.
                                                      Linda (AVP) wrote:

> In a message dated 98-11-25 00:56:25 EST, Tivers writes:
> << << There was a certain amount of logic to doing this in racing due to the
> lactic
>   acidosis that can occur with anaerobic work.  As the acid-base imbalances
> that
>   occur in endurance are the opposite of those that occur in flat racing, the
>   logic no longer fits...
>   Heidi
>    >>
>  Except for ulcers.
>  ti >>
> I have seen numerous cases of ulcers in foals and young horses in my practice
> that are housed in confinement and pushed for halter and other show
> disciplines.  I understand that they are common on the track, and am not
> surprised, considering that most race horses are closely housed and follow a
> similar management regimen.  So far I have yet to see a case in an endurance
> horse, although I have heard of the occasional odd case.  Not enough for me to
> mess with acid-base balances when other ulcer remedies (antacids that are not
> absorbed, histamine blockers, etc.) are so much more effective.
> Heidi

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