Ask Dr. Mark your horse questions
In March Dr. Mark is going to start an on line question & answer series where you can write in questions and he will pick a few each week and answer them by video. The questions can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or be posted on the DEC Company Facebook page. We get so many great questions from owners striving to improve their horse’s well-being and we thought this would be a great way to allow all proactive owners, trainers and agents to ask questions and gain knowledge. Below are actual questions that were emailed to Dr. Mark this week along with his responding emails.
Hello Dr. DePaolo,
My trainer recommended that I contact you regarding an issue that my horse has been having. She has used your products with great success for her two horses, and I am hoping you may be able to help me with my horse.
He is a 4 year old thoroughbred off the track in October. He has recently broken out in hives which we believe to be caused by the pine shavings in his stall. After changing his shavings to a different variety I noticed some relief, but after bedding him deeply again his hives have gotten worse. We have also noticed that he has been very interested in his mineral salt lick lately, and has been spending a good part of the day licking and trying to eat it.
He currently eats 2 quarts of Sentinel LS and a scoop of Platinum Performance Equine both AM and PM along with free choice hay. He is turned out all day from 7 am to 5 pm on a large grass field.
Any help or advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
The first thing that I would have you do is to check the ingredients of the Sentinal. If it contains any grains or grain by products or molasses, I would have you take him off that first. All of these things are highly inflammatory and can hyper-stimulate the immune system.
If that doesn’t get him back to normal, I would recommend that you do a Horse Hair Analysis. It is the best thing that I have ever found for diagnosing and treating weak or hypersensitive immune problems. You can purchase HHA or just read about it on our website.
Mark DePaolo, DVM
Dr. Mike B. suggested asking you your opinion on zeolites. I often run into horses that I feel have heavy metal issues, etc. and I’m wondering if you think this would be a good idea. I can always suggest essential oils to assist in the process but I believe this might be a less expensive option for some horses. I appreciate your opinion…
Here is a new Animal Zeolite product that I’m wondering about. (Info attached).
I like Zeolites for detoxification of heavy metals, matter of fact that is what we use. However, we have proven by using Horse Hair Analysis (HHA) studies that Zeolites will also strip out non-heavy metals. In other words not only does it get rid of bad metals but also good metals.
I always recommend running an HHA prior to detoxing so that we can add back any nutritional metals that the horse is deficient in.
As far as the “new” zeolite formula that you sent the write up on, I have great results with the inexpensive “old” unimproved version. So I think “if it isn’t broke why spend more money to fix it?”
Mark DePaolo, DVM
If you have a question for Dr. Mark please send it our way. We try to answer all questions via email or phone call and if we think that your question is something that is frequently asked, we will most likely do a short video answer on it and post it to our Facebook page. Please make sure to “LIKE” our company Facebook page so you can watch all the videos in the coming months.