Nutramax Labs Proviable EQ Digestive Paste For Horses can help keep your horse's hindgut healthy, which can be a challenge when so many factors contribute imbalances in the hindgut's microfloral population. Proviable-EQ is Saccharomyces yeast probiotic plus prebiotic product designed to reestablish and maintain intestinal health naturally. There is a guaranteed analysis (number of colony forming units, or CFUs, present) on the label - compare Proviable EQ to other products, which often do not list the number of organisms present or, when they do, may not meet label claim. The Saccharomyces yeast species encourages normal gastrointestinal function and health. ProviableEQ can be used continuously or as needed to maintain hindgut health during times of stress or digestive upset.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Proviable-EQ?
Proviable-EQ is a synbiotic (probiotics plus prebiotics) product designed to help naturally reestablish and maintain intestinal health. Proviable-EQ can be used continuously or as needed to maintain hindgut health during times of stress or digestive upset.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial live microorganisms that when ingested help to support the horse’s intestinal and overall health. They have certain properties that allow them to help reestablish a healthy microfloral (bacterial) balance in the intestines and improve digestion of nutrients. Probiotics may also stimulate the immune system.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are complex carbohydrates that can be used as a food source for the good bacteria, especially within the large intestine. This helps to support the growth of the good bacteria within the intestinal tract and therefore helps them to compete against the harmful bacteria for colonization of the intestines.
What is the difference between the paste and the powder?
There are two forms of Proviable-EQ, a paste and a powder. The paste contains two species of yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, that help to restore a balance of the good bacteria in the intestines after acute digestive upset, but can be used long term, intermittently or daily, to support the good bacteria in the intestines. The ground grass based powder contains one yeast species, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and is recommended for the daily support and maintenance of a healthy intestinal microflora.
Why are there two yeast species in the paste and only one in the powder?
Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown in research to have beneficial effects on the severity and duration of loose stools in horses.* For this reason, Proviable-EQ paste was formulated for times of acute digestive upset and loose stools, or for the daily maintenance of a healthy hindgut in conjunction with the Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Proviable-EQ powder was developed because of the strength of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the maintenance of hindgut health and support.
When would Proviable-EQ products be administered?
Proviable-EQ is recommended for times of acute digestive upset, such as can occur with a change in diet or with antibiotics, or stress, like travel. A study showed that administration of Saccharomyces boulardii decreased the severity and duration of loose stools in horses.* The paste or the powder may be used long term, daily or intermittently, as recommended by your veterinarian for certain gastrointestinal conditions or the maintenance of a healthy digestive tract.
How shouId Proviable-EQ products be administered?
To help reestablish healthy intestinal microflora after imbalances have occurred, give the contents of one Proviable-EQ paste tube 3 times daily for up to 72 hours. If no improvement is seen or if your horse stops eating, please consult your veterinarian. To help protect against microfloral imbalances, the Proviable-EQ paste should be administered at 5 ml by mouth once daily for 6 days, or as needed. Proviable-EQ powder may be used continuously or as needed. Administration can be increased at any time for optimal benefits.
Can Proviable-EQ products be given with medications?
It is recommended that bacteria based probiotics not be administered with other medications, especially antibiotics. However, because Proviable-EQ is a yeast based probiotic, administration with medications should not affect medication absorption or the action of the yeast.
Can I give my foal Proviable-EQ?
Yes, Proviable-EQ can be used in horses of all ages. Follow package administration recommendations for all horses.
Are there any safety concerns or side effects with Proviable-EQ products?
While administration of Saccharomyces has been shown to be safe, use of Proviable-EQ or any product containing live microorganisms (yeast or bacteria) is not recommended for horses that are critically ill and/or have a suppressed immune system, or in animals that are severely dehydrated. There are no known side effects with probiotics or prebiotics when administered as recommended by your veterinarian.
Are other brands of probiotic products equivalent to Proviable-EQ?
Quality of probiotic products has been and continues to be an issue in the veterinary market. Some products may not contain live probiotic microorganisms or may not contain viable numbers of the microorganisms to help support intestinal health. Proviable-EQ products on the other hand do contain millions of live probiotic microorganisms and are quality tested to meet label claims. Yeast is the microorganism used in Proviable-EQ as opposed to aerobic (oxygen requiring) bacteria used in many other products because the aerobic bacteria would not survive the anaerobic (without oxygen) environment of the hindgut during fermentation. Therefore, aerobic bacteria based products may be of benefit in the foregut, but the yeast in Proviable-EQ is able to support the fermentation process where the majority of fiber and carbohydrate digestion and absorption occurs.
How should the Proviable-EQ products be stored?
Proviable-EQ products will remain viable when stored at room temperature in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Keep the lid tightly secured on the powder and the cap on the tube to ensure freshness and viability. The expiration dates are found on the packaging. Keep out of reach of children.
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