About Brooklynn Liversidge, B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate

Brooklynn Liversidge is a master’s degree candidate at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in Companion Animal Nutrition. She obtained a B.Sc. in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph and here her interest in nutrition was sparked. Currently, her research focuses on the fecal microbiome and metabolome of dogs as well as investigating the long-term sustainability of feeding alternative plant-based diets. As an avid equestrian, her horse’s nutrition has always been a priority for her and she dedicates time to learning as much as possible about equine nutrition. She plans to continue her education in companion animal nutrition after her M.Sc. and hopes to continue educating herself in equine nutrition along the way.

Mycotoxins in your Horse’s Hay – [Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention]

By |2021-07-07T20:12:38-05:00July 7th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health, Nutrition|

Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxic substances which are produced by mould and fungus in your horse’s hay. Mycotoxins can cause negative effects in horses including colic, gastrointestinal upset, weight loss, feed withdrawal, immune suppression, impaired performance or poor growth.

14 Best Ways to Naturally Prevent Colic in Horses [Countdown]

By |2021-05-31T11:10:20-05:00May 26th, 2021|Gut Health, Horse Health|

As many horse owners know, colic is an unpredictable, painful, and sometimes fatal condition. Colic refers to abdominal pain in your horse. It is an amorphous condition that can lead to potentially serious health complications. Colic may present as a mild case that is resolved in less than 24 hours with veterinary treatment. Colic can also be more severe, requiring emergency surgery.

Hindgut Acidosis in Horses – Signs, Causes & How to Prevent

By |2021-05-31T11:55:46-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Gut Health|

Hindgut acidosis is a condition in which the hindgut of the horse becomes excessively acidic. It is usually caused by too much starch in the horse’s diet, resulting in increased production of lactic acid in the lower intestinal tract. When lactic acid levels rise, the result is a lower pH environment in the hindgut and disturbances to the microbial population.

Free Fecal Water Syndrome in Horses [Potential Causes and Treatments]

By |2021-11-25T10:11:48-05:00April 7th, 2021|Conditions|

Free fecal water syndrome is a condition in which horses experience both solid and liquid phases during defecation. The liquid phase can occur before, during, or after defecation of the solid phase or sometimes occur completely separate from the solid phase. In simpler terms, free fecal water syndrome occurs when the horse releases solid feces, and either before, during, or after this, free water runs out of the anus.