Ask the Vet – Aloe for horses with a history of ulcers

Ask the Vet – Aloe for horses with a history of ulcers


DAN: “What are your
thoughts on adding aloe as a supplement for horses
with a history of ulcers? If not aloe, what
do you recommend? My sweet Mimic had
them about a year ago, and I just want to
make sure he continues to heal and stay comfortable.” And she said, “Thank you
for all that you do!” DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh. DAN: That’s very sweet. DR LYDIA GRAY: Wait, is there
a public comment for this one? DAN: There is no comment, no. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. I thought I’d check
before I launched into it. DAN: I love that she says “sweet
Mimic,” though, for her horse. DR LYDIA GRAY: I know. That’s a great name. That’s a great name. We like aloe as a
ingredient for horses that need some gastric support. In fact, we like it so much, we
put it in our SmartGut Ultra, and that’s the supplement that
has that great research out of LSU. Dr Andrews, who
did that research, he pointed out some things. The effects of aloe
vera are likely due to the synergistic actions
of the 75 known ingredients found in the plant leaf. And it’s the clear
mucilaginous gel inside that leaf where
all the good bits are. The good bits, as we
call them, are still being elucidated or
scientifically isolated and then scientifically studied
to find out what they are. Some of them aren’t
even named yet. We’re putting them
into categories, like we found antioxidants. We found cytoprotectants. That’s things that protect
the cell from damage. And you can understand
why that would be helpful in an ulcer situation. So aloe is one of the
ingredients that’s been around for, I mean, centuries. And humans have used it
for a long, long time. So its use of recorded
history is phenomenal. And it’s also one
of the ingredients that has a ton of research
supporting its use. And so we put it in our
product along with licorice. I could almost say the
same thing about that. We have calcium and magnesium,
because of their ability to buffer the acids. There’s glutamine, which is an
amino acid, that is important when cells are
rebuilding, and that’s going on as the lining is
being replaced during healing. You know, glutamine
as an amino acid just supports normal healing. So you need that. You need extra amounts of that. Sea Buckthorn. I have some great
research in horses. So we have looked
at all the research and found these ingredients
and put them into our formula. So we obviously think
aloe is a great substance, and I highly recommend its use. But I like to include the
other ingredients that we have. I mean, there’s so many
others I didn’t mention, the collagen and silica
that make our formula sort of a– it’s also synergistic. It has a well-rounded effect. DAN: OK so aloe is a
component of gastric health. DR LYDIA GRAY: It is. And aloe itself has
many components. DAN: And as you were
mentioning with people, they use it all the time,
like if you get a sunburn or something like that. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. You can use it even topically. Uh-huh. DAN: So kind of think
of the same thing, like, in the horse’s
stomach if they’re having some sort of
inflammation or something of that nature going on. DR LYDIA GRAY: There’s
probably something in aloe that supports a normal
inflammatory response. Yeah. We know there are antioxidants
in there for sure. Yeah. DAN: Well, we’re
all about aloe here. DR LYDIA GRAY: We’re
all about aloe. DAN: We do have
it in the pellets. We also do sell it in
the liquid form, as well. So would that just be something
you would, like, top dress your horse’s grain with? DR LYDIA GRAY: Yep. Yep. If you want to go
with straight aloe, then we have that product. If you want to use
aloe that’s combined with other ingredients
that have research, too, and support of their use,
you can choose that route. DAN: Well, if you do want to
check out that SmartGut Ultra research study of that
Dr Gray was speaking of, that Dr Frank
Andrews did for us, you can actually check that
out on our product page, on the SmartGut
Ultra product page. It’s definitely worth
the read to go over with your trainer or your vet
and see if that’s something that works for you guys.

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