protexin1.jpg (8981 bytes)The digestive system plays a vital role in the health, vigour and performance of horses. Its correct functioning is dependent on the level and balance of bacteria and yeasts called microflora. Microflora have the major role in breaking down indigestible nutrients, in the synthesis and absorption of vitamins and minerals, in stimulating the immune system and in preventing the proliferation of pathogens in the gut.

Foals are born with a sterile gut which is rapidly colonised by both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria. A fine balance exists which can easily be disrupted, leading to scouring, ill thrift and other problems. Feeding PROTEXIN from birth protects the foal from pathogens, improves digestive efficiency, enables better utilisation of feed and makes the transition from milk to solid feed easier.

All horses benefit from PROTEXIN's ability to stabilise intestinal microflora, maximise gut health and resist the effects of stress.

Stress, in all forms is one of the major causes of disruption to the normal balance of microflora in the gut, allowing proliferation of pathogens. Loss of appetite, picky eating, scouring, poor condition and changes in temperament are some of the less consequences. Stress is easily induced with some common causes being: changes in diet, heavy work or training, temperature extremes, breeding, transportation, worming, vaccinations and changes to environment. Use of PROTEXIN in these circumstances protects horses from negative intestinal changes while improving digestive efficiency and general health.

Antibiotics are particularly harmful to gut microflora, leaving horses susceptible to re-infection. PROTEXIN  should always be administered following any course of antibiotics.


  • Establishment of beneficial gut microflora
  • Suppression of E. Coli Salmonella & Aeromonas spp
  • Treatment and control of scouring and diarrhoea
  • Improved digestibility of feed
  • Improved growth and feed conversion
  • Reduced digestive upsets
  • Enhanced animal health
  • Re-establishment of gut microflora following antibiotics, wormers or vaccination
  • Reducing stress (stress disrupts normal intestinal balance)
  • Safe, non-toxic and residue-free

What's in Protexin?

Micro-organisms Characteristics/Benefits
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus & Streptococcus thermophilus Isolated from milk, cheese and starter cultures. These yoghurt starters have been associated with all the health claims made for yoghurt. Have been shown to protect against E.coli and Salmonella infections.
Lactobacillus acidophilus Isolated from milk, cheese, other dairy products and human intestines. Widely used as a probiotic.
Lactobacillus plantarum Isolated from dairy products, fermenting plants, silage, pickled vegetables. Fermented carbohydrates.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus Isolated from intestinal tracts of animals, birds and humans. Used in manufacture of dairy products, starter cultures. Has been shown to stimulate immunity.
Bifidobacterium bifidum Found in alimentary tract of breast fed and bottle fed infants.
Enterococcus faecium Isolated from animal and human intestines. Widely used as a Probiotic.
Aspergillus oryzae Isolated from Japanese soy sauce, Sake (rice wine), enzyme mixture and takadiase. Enhances digestion of cellulose/fibre
Candida pintolepesii Isolated from cattle caecum, intestinal content of chinchilla and pigeons. Protects stomach lining from bacterial colonisation.
When should Protexin be used?

Protexin can be used in a wide range of circumstances, either to improve the general health of animals, address specific problems or to maximise animals' performance.

Under general conditions Protexin can be used to :-

  • Improve health naturally
  • Stimulate appetite
  • Aid in establishment of gut flora in immature animals like day old chicks, calves, piglets, lambs, foals, kids, puppies and kittens
  • Maintain healthy gut microflora
  • Re-establish gut microflora after antibiotic treatment
  • Treat and control diarrhoea/scours; inhibit harmful pathogens like E.Coli, Salmonella and others
  • Optimise digestion of feed
  • Reduce digestive disturbances and upsets
  • Reduce stress

protexin3.jpg (5824 bytes)Protexin can be used every day to maintain horse's health

The balance of microbes in the gut is affected by many conditions and stresses. To minimise the impact of any changes, Protexin should be administered daily at maintenance levels. Protexin may be used on a short term basis to treat specific problems or times when increased stress is anticipated. The common sense approach to using Protexin is to stop problems before they start.

How can I use Protexin to enhance the good health of my horse?

Protexin dosage rates

  Powder Soluble Liquid
  Maint. Stress Feed Maint. Stress Maint. Stress
Horses 10g 20g 2.5kg/t 10g 20g 10ml 20ml
Foals/Ponies 5g 10g 2.5kg/t 5g 10g 5ml 10ml
What forms of Protexin are available?
Protexin Liquid - An oil based formula containing 180 million cfu/ml (colony forming bacteria) Protexin Soluble - A water soluble formula containing 180 million cfu/gm Protexin Powder - An in-feed powder formula containing 60 million cfu/gm
Protexin Professional - in convenient 2g sachets is available exclusively through veterinarians.

More information about Protexin

  • What are probiotics?
  • Can Protexin be used on other animals and birds?
  • What does Protexin cost?
  • Where can you get Protexin?

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