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16 February 2024

Don't let laminitis catch you out! Our Feed Line have received several calls relating to laminitis this week.

The weather is currently warm enough for grass growth in most areas of the UK, with Scotland, the South West and South East seeing the most growth in the last week. New spring-like grass is potentially problematic for those prone to laminitis. 

Did you know? It is thought that around 90% of laminitis cases are believed to have a hormonal cause, i.e. Cushing's disease (PPID) or equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).

 We recommend feeding MetaSlim to those prone to metabolic conditions. Created with a leading equine vet MetaSlim optimises blood sugar levels and aids insulin effectiveness. For best results feed 100g per 100kg of ideal bodyweight per day, split over two feeds.

Feed alongside hay and grazing, or with our low-calorie feeds, such as Lucie Fibre Cubes, Organic Lucie Stalksor Sainfoin Fibre Pellets as part of a comprehensive, low calorie diet. 

MetaSlim is available with free delivery to your home or yard when you shop directly online. It is also available in Simple System stockists nationwide.

Shop our laminitis friendly feeds here.

If you suspect laminitis please contact your vet in the first instance. For feeding advice our Feed Line on 01728 604 008 or complete our feeding advice form.

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