E & Selenium
Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement
Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement is an oral supplement containing vitamin E (tocopherol) and selenium which may be useful to prevent these deficiencies in horses. Many soils in North America have low selenium content, providing inadequate amounts of selenium in the daily diet.This product may be available as crumbles, powders or pellets.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement contains vitamin E (tocopherol) and selenium. Concentrations of both active ingredients vary depending upon product purchased.
- An antioxidant formula; antioxidants protect cells from free radicals. Free radical production is a normal part of metabolism, but environmental or physical stress can increase their production, potentially causing damage to cellular components causing them to function poorly or die.
- Can be mixed with daily amount of concentrate or by top-dressing on the grain
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To correct a vitamin E and selenium deficiency
- To support optimum health in horses
- For horses exerting severe physical effort
- To prevent signs of myositis (Selenium-Tocopherol Deficiency or STD) syndrome in horses. These signs include rapid breathing, excessive sweating, muscle spasms and stiffness and a high AST/SGOT (blood test evaluating liver and muscle enzyme levels).
Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement should be given according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.
The normal recommended amount is 0.1 ppm-0.3 ppm per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of daily feed intake. Feeding added selenium in excess of 0.3 ppm in the total diet is prohibited.
Read the product label/insert carefully regarding the dosing schedule as feeding dose depends on the type of horse, level of activity, and nutritional status.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse’s general health and vitamin E levels prior to starting this supplement.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon further blood tests and an assessment of how your horse is responding clinically.
Ideally, give this supplement at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place. Keep container tightly closed.
Consider selenium concentrations in the total daily feed intake. The total added selenium should not exceed 0.3 mg/kg (0.3 ppm) in the ration or 3 mg selenium per horse per day.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Selenium overdoses can be very toxic. Contact your veterinarian immediately if the horse receives more Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement than the labeled amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The value of determining a vitamin or mineral deficiency by measuring levels in the bloodstream
- The importance of good management and nutrition
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during supplementation with this product
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this product
- If your horse has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if the horse does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
STD syndrome produces a variety and complex set of symptoms and can be difficult to diagnose. Even in selenium deficient areas other disease conditions that can easily be confused with STD. Ensure that the all of these conditions have been considered before supplementation begins. Various blood tests can be helpful in providing the correct direction for treatment.
This is just a summary of information about Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement. If you have any questions or concerns about Equine Vitamin E + Selenium Supplement or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.