Promoting normal digestive function, Protexin Gut Balancer is a palatable prebiotic and probiotic powder that can be used either continuously or simply in times of high stress or digestive upset to restore the natural gut balance. Protexin Gut Balancer has also taken over from Protexin Bio-Premium.
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Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Protexin Gut Balancer (Bio-Premium) for Horses, including answers from our team.
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Horse eating poo
25th Feb 2017
VioVet Customer Since: February 2017
From: Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
My horse has been noted to be eating poo - he's turned out 24/7 and given extra haylage over the past couple of months through the winter with 2 small hard feeds a day. Would this be worth trying as the poo eating suggests maybe some gut issues?
Good bacteria in the hind gut of a horse help to break down food, manufacture certain essential vitamins and keep "bad bacteria" at bay. If the hind gut has gone into dysbiosis and the balance of good bacteria to bad bacteria has been compromised you are right that a horse may eat poo to re-establish the correct balance of bacteria in the gut. Of course there are exceptions to this rule but using a probiotic is a good place to start. Protexin Gut Balancer would be the ideal product to use here so I would certainly give it a try.
17th Dec 2016
Horse is on haylage and has solid pooh but lots of liquid comes out at the end. Her bum is very dirty. Will this help settle her?
Yes, probiotics such as this should help to firm up her droppings. You could also try feeding a mixture of hay and haylage so that the forage she is getting is not so rich. This would also be better for her teeth since some horses can be prone to developing peripheral caries on haylage only.
My daughters pony seems to becoming a bit grumpy when girthing up , when brushing belly etc
27th Apr 2016
My daughters pony is becoming more grumpy and sensitive when brushing his underneath, girthing up and when ridden when riders legs are on him. He's recently started to do a little buck occasionally when legs go on. We've had him over a year and he's always been fine. His belly looks bloaty , although his droppings are fine. He's also grinding his teeth on door which is a new behaviour. He's turned out in day, in at night and has good diet. He's competing most weekends and all his tack etc fine. Wondering if he could have a sensitive Tummy and if this product could help?
It is possible that he has an uncomfortable abdomen due to a digestive condition and that this product will help. However it is too difficult for me to say how likely this is. There might be many other reasons for the observations you have made and they might well need a different treatment. Ideally you need a good horse vet to spend some time examining him and perhaps do some faecal tests to try to establish what is wrong. There will be no harm trying this product, but it might not help.
24th Mar 2016
VioVet Customer Since: June 2015
From: Buchinghamshire, United Kingdom
My mare has a nasty habit of ending up with a bloaty tummy throughout the spring and summer months (even though I restrict her grazing). I use this on my spasmodic colicer, it works wonders for him; is it worth putting her on it too?
It sounds as if this would be well worth a try for this horse. There is a good chance that it will help.
Protexin guy balancer
7th Jan 2016
Is it suitable for laminitics
This should be fine to use in a horse prone to laminitis. It should have no effect on laminitis.
Shelf life for larger quantities.
15th Dec 2015
VioVet Customer Since: February 2015
From: Hampshire, United Kingdom
Hello, I've noticed a previous reply stating the shelf life once opened for this product is 28 days. Could you please advise me if this differs for the larger quantities you sell, as otherwise they will be a waste of money. Thank you.
The 28 day rule will not apply to this product. There is a general guideline that all medical products sold in sealed containers are used up within 28 days from breaking the manufacturer's seal on the packaging. However this is not sold in hermetically sealed containers, so potentially the shelf life is given by the use-by date on the package (generally 2 years from manufacture). This would depend on you keeping it dry and preventing excess contamination with anything when you open and use it.
VioVet Customer Since: December 2010
From: Flintshire, United Kingdom
We have a Bearded Collie with exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. We have been advised to give pre and probiotics. would this product be suitable for dogs and if so how much would the daily allowance be please?
This is the wrong product for a dog and it would not be appropriate. I would suggest Pro-kolin Enterogenic, which is much better for dogs and can certainly help in the management of EPI.
Which would you recommend for IBS?
7th Sep 2015
The vet thinks my pony had IBS and has advised me to put him on a probiotic, would this be adequate enough for him or would someone recommend another?
This is a good product from one of the biggest manufacturers of probiotics. It is likely to be a good choice for your pony and is probably just the sort of thing your vet had in mind.
VioVet Customer Since: January 2013
From: Shropshire, United Kingdom
What is the shelf life of this product once opened?
Once opened the shelf life of this product is about 28 days.
I hope this helps!