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Scientists are studying the safety, efficacy, mechanisms of action, and pharmacokinetics of equine nutritional supplements.
Posted by Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc | Dec 5, 2022
Would you like a side of science to go with your horse’s supplements?
Every year equine nutritional supplements continue to increase in popularity. Verified Market Research reported that the global nutritional supplement market for horses was valued at $73.61 million in 2018. The data used to generate that report projected a steady increase in supplement sales, potentially reaching $96.18 million by 2026.
As we’ve reported in previous years, science continues to lag behind the popularity of nutritional supplements … but not for want of trying.
“While the amount of scientific information on veterinary pet supplements and nutraceuticals is increasing, there remains a paucity of quality control, safety, and efficacy data for the majority of both the substances marketed in pet supplements and the resulting products for purchase currently available,” Carrie J. Finno, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of the University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, wrote in a 2020 edition of Nutrition Today. “Despite this lack of evidence, the use of veterinary supplements and nutraceuticals continues to increase...”
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