My previous experience using probiotics or digestive tract inoculums in foals had been very poor. Last year, during a neonatal foal diarrhea outbreak on a large breeding farm, I used a new feed product which had a great deal of science associated with the effects on microbiota. In brief, GlycoGuard was a game changer for me in this outbreak and in other uses in neonatal foal GI issues. The proposed scientific mechanism of how it interacts with mare’s milk, and the microbiota sequence data behind the product formulation, really made sense for newborn foals.  GlycoGuard had an immediate effect of improving the intestinal microbiome balance in the cases I’ve seen, and it has been safe and effective clinically for me. The veterinary profession critically needs ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in foal GI disorders, especially those related to Clostridia species, and this product has certainly provided a feed-based alternative for my patients. 

Dr. John Madigan, DVM, MS
            Medicine & Epidemiology
            UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Ellen Jackson
            Owner, Victory Rose Thoroughbreds
            Vacaville, CA

GlycoGuard got us through a particularly difficult foaling season, giving my foals the gut protection they needed to recover quickly from a bug that was going around. I use GlycoGuard as the first tool in my belt for all my foals as soon as they are born, to provide me and the horse owners peace of mind during those chaotic first few weeks!

Although the importance of the gut microbiome in animal health is becoming increasingly clear, I’d just never seen any previously available product lead to true changes in the gut microflora. However, I have now used GlycoGuard clinically on multiple occasions to manage nursing foals with moderate to severe diarrhea, and it has really changed my mind on the impact an activated probiotic can have on stabilizing the intestinal microbiome of foals from the first day of life. 

Dr. Monica Aleman, MZV, PhD 
            Associate Professor
            Medicine & Epidemiology
            UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
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