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Equine Nutritional Supplements and Horse Care Products

Kohnke’s Own®, the range of products manufactured by John Kohnke Products, an Australian owned and based company, provides up-to-date supplement and horse care products, as well as a wide range of free information services to the horse industry.

Over the last 30 years, Dr. John Kohnke BVSc, RDA has become the most well known Australian veterinarian as an adviser on the nutrition and practical health care of horses.

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Gastro-Coat Information Page

Kohnke’s Own Gastro-Coat® is a natural supplement against Gastric Irritation in Horses.

To find out more about Gastric Ulcers in Horses and our supplement Gastro-Coat visit our new information web page by clicking here.

Gastric Ulcers In Focus

We are proud to present Equine Gastric Ulcers In Focus..

Our new animated video explains Gastric Ulcers and Gastric Irritation in Horses, and our supplement Gastro-Coat.

To find out more about Gastric Ulcers in Horses and our supplement Gastro-Coat visit our new information web page by clicking here.

#CelebrateHorses

For many horse owners, a most beloved horse can leave sweet memories forever in our lives. Your treasured first pony, your best friend for life or your competition companion.

This month on Kohnke’s Own Facebook Page we shared stories and memories of our most beloved horses. Read all of the fantastic stories and join in the fun yourself by clicking here.

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Kohnke's Own added 3 new photos — at SYDNEY CDI - International Dressage Event.

Kohnke’s Own at the Sydney CDI
Come and visit our stand in combination with Horseland Dural at the Sydney CDI this week! We have a great range of the Kohnke’s Own supplements, all offered at 10% off as a CDI special sale – so a perfect time to stock up on your horse’s favourites! Kohnke’s Own representatives, including Philippa, Kaye and Laurie, will be available for product advice and equine nutritional enquiries. Purchases from the stand also enable you to enter the Kohnke’s Own competition, as we will be drawing names each day to win a selected Kohnke’s Own product! We invite all the competitors to stop by too, as they get an extra entry voucher to the competition.
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Help your Cushing's Horse - Information and Advice
Equine Cushing’s Disease is an endocrine disorder of the pituitary gland, a small gland at the base of the brain, which secretes many hormone precursor compounds to trigger the adrenal glands, ovaries, urine excretion in the kidneys and the function of many other organs. There are two forms if Cushing’s Disease in horses and ponies, including metabolic Cushing’s, or PPID Cushing’s Disease. In both forms, the pituitary gland enlarges, developing benign cancerous form which slowly increases in size, with a corresponding increase in the secretion of certain hormones. Recent studies have indicated that Cushing’s Disease is primarily associated with increased secretion of adrenal cortisone stimulation hormone (ACTH) from the pituitary gland. Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) can also result in a metabolic form of Cushing’s Disease and the signs in affected horses and ponies are similar to those seen in horses or ponies with PPID Cushing’s Disease.
Cushing’s Disease can affect horses over the age of 10, but up to 16% of horses over 20 years of age develop the disease. Many have been overweight for the majority of their lives. Pony breeds tend to be more susceptible to the condition. Signs of Cushing’ Disease include an abnormally long and curly coat, pot-bellied appearance, increased urination and drinking, lethargy and suppression of the immune system due to excessive cortisone hormone release by ACTH. Many develop chronic skin and respiratory infections, dental disease and an increased susceptibility to worms. Horses with Cushing's Disease may also suffer wasting of their skeletal muscles or develop an abnormal deposition of fat above their eyes where normal horses have a depression.
There are two methods of managing ‘Cushing’s’ horses, depending on the underlying cause. Strict dietary control is helpful in both forms, as the ‘metabolic’ form associated with an over-weight or long term obese condition and often develops as horses age. Assisting your horse or pony in maintaining a healthy Body Condition Score (BCS) through dietary control and exercise is important in reducing the risk of Cushing’s Disease and can assist them to recover from Cushing’s Disease.
Kohnkes Own® TRIM™ can be supplemented to overweight horses and ponies to help them to metabolise hard ‘cresty’ necks and tail-butt fat deposits, as well as assists in maintaining a healthy weight. Although there is no permanent cure, once the PPID form of Cushing’s Disease has been confirmed by a veterinarian, it can be managed by careful medication with drugs which modify dopamine synthesis. The drug pergolide mesylate is readily available. Surveys indicate that Pergolide® is effective and helps improve the overall health, acting to supress the ACTH and returns high cortisone levels to normal ranges in most horses. However, the drug is expensive and eventually even daily medication will become less effective as the benign tumour of Cushing Disease progresses. Most horses respond to an initial therapy with Pergolide® within 24-36 hours, with an increase in activity and overall vitality and well-being and normal shedding of their long coat. After 7-10 days, depending on the initial severity, the dose rate of Pergolide® can be reduced to a maintenance level, which is less expensive during the long therapy period required. Consult your vet for advice or ask us for more information, including Dr. John Kohnke’s factsheet on Cushing’s Disease by email to info@kohnkesown.com or by message to the Kohnke’s Own Facebook page.
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Jodie Roberts WoodMy old mare had Cushing. She took Pergolide pills from Thriving Pets for close to 10 years. Other than the long hair, she did great until the last few months. It can be managed

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Caitlin PurvisMy beloved Jazzy was sadly taken by this horrible disease and there is not a day that goes by without me thinking about her! She was the love of my life and it makes ache that I gad to put her down!!

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Lee-Anne HalpinCan a 7 year old mini -( 36") be prone to it? We have one that has all the symptoms, just young. Also has excessive hoof growth.

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Debi TaylorHorses as young as 6 have been diagnosed. This is NOT an 'old horse' disease.

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Hannah BrownMy horse has it 🙁 but he's not fat

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Pip TonkinCan you help please John, my two ponies on pergolide both get scours . Any suggestions?

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Amberley HealKristy Bullen this advice might help you 🙂

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Leah Turminekohnkes trim is available At The Feed Shed

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