A Southern California Veterinarian has been using
since being introduced to it at a Veterinary Equine
meeting in 1993. Below are brief summaries of the Clinic's experiences.
1) 1993 - 32 yr.old Appendix Quarter Horse
gelding (hunter, jumper, pleasure) off and on feed for the last year
of his life, weight loss apparent. CBC showed no abnormalities. Began
RP, dosed orally with syringe on tongue; appetite improved significantly
and weight began to pick back up. Was able to add RP to feed once
appetite remained fairly consistent. Appetite loss was due to chronic
mild discomfort due to entroliths. When this horse was in acute discomfort,
he went off feed again.
2) 1995 - 3 yr. old TB mare, post surgical
complications (colon resection). CBC, low protein. Poor appetite,
chronic diarrhea, intestinal pain. This mare had been off and on feed
for 1-2 months. Began 6 ml RP and appetite was excellent within 72
hrs. Stools were still loose, but not quite as profuse. 3 ml dose
of RP twice daily. Mare improved significantly; stools formed while
appetite was maintained.
3) 1995 - Post Partum appetite loss: added
3 ml RP to feed and appetite increased. Decreased dose to 3 ml once
a day and mare maintained her weight while nursing her foal.
4) 1996 - 3 yr. old Standard Bred colt and
5 yr. old Standard Bred mare. Chronic watery diarrhea for 2-3 months;
very poor appetite. No improvement was made with treatment of antibiotics
and steroids. Both horses 100 lbs. or more under weight. Began 3 ml
RP, dosed orally. 48 to 72 hrs. significant improvement was observed.
Horses appetites were excellent and diarrhea was less profuse and
watery. Appetites improved. These were long term difficult diagnosis,
and as time went on, powered pig plasma was added with even more improvement
in the consistency of the stool.
5) 1996 - 2 mth. old foals: sand colic. Poor
appetite, chronic diarrhea, occasional colic discomfort. Began 1 ml
RP twice daily in dose syringe. Colts appetite improved and psyllium
was added to daily dose to control diarrhea. Continued until colts
exhibited less desire to eat dirt.
6) 1996 - 3 mth. old orphaned foal, off feed
and stressed. Began 2 ml RP twice daily and appetite improved within
72 hrs. After 2 weeks decreased RP to 1 ml twice daily and appetite
stayed excellent. 3 months into RP program colt was decreased to 1
ml RP once daily. Colt has been off RP 3 weeks and appetite has remained
7) 1996 - 7 mth. old colt, suspect ulcers.
NO appetite, losing weight, occasional discomfort. Began 2 ml RP and
ulcer meds in dose syringe twice daily. 4 days into treatment colt's
appetite was excellent. Decreased RP to 2 ml after the first 2 weeks,
and discontinued ulcer meds. Continued for 1 more week and discontinued
RP. Colt's appetite remains good.
Recently, the clinic has been separating weanling
foals, and they have gone off feed occasionally - 2 to 3 days of RP
orally 2 times a day has put them back on their feed. No actual scientific
tests were performed to determine lactobacillus acidophilus abnormalities
in the intestinal tract of these horses. All of the horses were exposed
to some stressful situation that resulted in going off feed, as well
as other symptoms mentioned.