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Recognizing that digestive health is important for all horses, Freedom Health, LLC, has announced the launch of the SUCCEED® Equine Fecal Blood Test™. Available exclusively through veterinarians, this simple and effective diagnostic aid detects the presence of minute traces of blood--known as occult blood--within the horse's manure, and helps identify the general location of its source within the digestive tract. These results provide veterinarians with objective information to aid in the diagnosis of GI tract conditions, which may include ulcers. This is the only method available to detect occult blood from sources anywhere in the digestive tract, including the hindgut, which is one of the symptoms of highly prevalent colonic ulcers.
"Digestive health has a profound impact on all horses, from high-level performance athletes to recreational trail horses," said John Hall, President - Freedom Health. "Occult blood within the GI tract is just one example of how modern management and feeding practices can affect today's equine athletes. The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test provides owners and trainers with concrete evidence of how imbalances within the digestive system may lead to more serious problems if left untreated."
By using the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test, owners and trainers are able to detect occult blood within the GI tract--one obvious indicator of digestive distress. Studies have shown that 97 percent of horses involved in competition sports--from dressage to racing--suffer from either gastric or colonic ulcers, and 63 percent of these performance horses have colonic ulcers(1). But ulcers are just one symptom of poor digestive health. In fact, every aspect of appearance, temperament and performance is dependent upon the health of this critical system. By monitoring and maintaining the health of the digestive system, owners and trainers may see improvements in stamina, attitude, appetite and other factors of overall condition.
The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test is easy to administer and is priced to retail at approximately forty dollars to the consumer. The test features Freedom Health's proprietary SmartSignal™ Technology, which detects trace amounts of blood in a horse's manure--invisible to the naked eye--as an indication of GI tract conditions. The test also shows whether occult blood likely originated in the foregut--which includes the stomach--or in the hindgut, including the cecum and colon. This distinction can help veterinarians to determine whether the horse may be suffering from gastric or colonic ulcers.
The test kit is a simple rapid field test that can be administered on a farm call or in the lab. A fecal sample is collected from the subject horse, placed in the provided container and mixed with water. The two test strips are dipped into the mixture, and results are evident in ten minutes. Freedom Health is releasing the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test only to veterinarians--who are the best resource for diagnosing and treating equine health issues.
"The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test will help owners and trainers identify potentially serious GI health conditions and take steps to manage their horses for optimal digestive health," said Hall. "By also identifying horses who have improved--ideally from a positive to a negative result--this test kit will provide evidence that treatments and digestive health management efforts have been effective."
For more information on the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test Kit, including in-depth articles on digestive tract health and interactive presentations, visit www.SucceedFBT.com. Information may also be obtained by calling toll-free, 877-734-6558.
The SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test and SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning Program® are produced and distributed exclusively by Freedom Health, LLC of Aurora, Ohio. This company is focused on finding, perfecting and delivering superior, innovative products that address real and significant health-related issues for animals and the people who care for them.
1. Pellegrini, Franklin L. Results of a Large-Scale Necroscopic Study of
Equine Colonic Ulcers. J Equine Vet Sci 2005; 25 (3) 113-117.