IRON 20 mg/mL present as Ferric-Hydroxide-Sucrose complex
For the treatment of anaemia due to iron deficiency in horses.
Iron deficiency results in poor performance in horses. Iron deficiency has adverse effects on the immune system resulting in an increased risk of infection and reduced disease resistance.
Enzymes involved in eliminating toxic metabolites produced during hard exercise are reduced by iron deficiency.
Racing horses sweat profusely and significant amounts of iron can be lost in sweat. Haemoglobin controls the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and iron is essential for the production of haemoglobin. Skeletal muscle requires optimal oxygen delivery for maximal performance. Oxygen supply to cardiac muscle is also critical in order for the race horse to sustain the maximal stroke volume attained during racing.
Thoroughbred racehorses treated with ferric hydroxide-sucrose injection showed increases in packed cell volume (PCV), red blood cell (RBC) count and haemoglobin concentration. Similar improvements were seen in trials in Standardbreds.
For the treatment of anaemia due to iron deficiency in horses
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Adult Horse (450-500 kg): 20 mL weekly by slow intravenous injection or as required.
Intravenous injections should only be carried out by, or under the supervision of, a registered veterinarian.