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Question About Treating Horses with Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2011


I train race horses. I recently have been reading about the benefits of food grade hydrogen peroxide, if used in the proper way. In the racing industry many horses have equine protozoal myeloencephaliltis (E.P.M). They contract this from the feces of opossums which may contain sporocysts - cysts that contain spores that can reproduce asexually. Horses can ingest these sporocysts with feed, grass or water contaminated with opossum feces. The protozoa can leave lesions on the spinal cord and brain stem. It is this neurological damage that can cause the various symptoms of EPM.

I have a couple of questions of which I would like to ask for your opinion.

1: Would treating the horse with I.V. use help and what would the dosage be, approximately? We probably would not be able to use a slow drip, but we could certainly use a 60cc syringe and treat 3-4 times a week, using glucose or saline solution. How long would the blood vessel dilation last? I have read that I.V use can be beneficial to the lungs and respiratory system.

2: Could diluting hydrogen peroxide into their drinking water be beneficial? They drink between 15 and 20 gallons a day. We change the water 3 to 4 times a day and would be able to add drops at each changing. My concern is if this would do damage to their stomach. What would be the ration of water to peroxide?

3: Would soaking a horses feet in a tub of water diluted with hydrogen peroxide help to take out soreness, and what would the ratio be of water to peroxide. We do have filtered water at our barn. Also I was wondering if it could be used in a nebulizer.

My utmost concern is with health and well being of my horses. My veterinarian is willing to help me treat my horses with this method if I get the right protocol for this use. I am hoping you can offer me some help with this.

Thank You for your time.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

In general you get about the same results with oral and IV. If horses drink a lot of water I would give them 0.50% Hydrogen peroxide in water or 0.40%. It will not affect their stomach. If soreness is helped with hydrogen peroxide, is fine, but there is also lugol's applied external will help out initially the soreness and there is always DMSO apply to the area the same, but you have to clean the area first. It will help initial soreness. If painful long term soreness then it's tetracycline HCl for a couple of days as it decreases breakdown of collagen by decreasing collagenase around the feet.