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Improved SUCCEED(R) Equine Fecal Blood Test(TM) Now Available Through Veterinarians from Freedom Health

Aurora, OH (March 2, 2009)--Freedom Health, LLC, announced that the SUCCEED(R) Equine Fecal Blood Test(TM) (FBT) is now available through veterinarians. The company had stopped production of the FBT in early 2008, citing manufacturing problems. The new FBT - a simple, rapid field test to help veterinarians diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) disorders in their equine patients - features an improved delivery method that displays results in an easy-to-read cassette. The product uses the same proven technology developed for the original test - purified antibodies in the SUCCEED FBT detect equine albumin and hemoglobin in feces, as an indication of GI tract conditions.

"Our research shows a high incidence of gastric and colonic ulceration, along with other ailments that can result in trace blood proteins in a horse’s manure," said John Hall, President of Freedom Health. "We developed the SUCCEED FBT to give veterinarians a tool to aid in their diagnosis of these conditions, given the limitations of current diagnostic methods. We have spent years researching and testing the chemistry behind the test kit, and we are confident that it will provide veterinarians with an effective way to monitor equine digestive health."

The SUCCEED FBT is a test that detects two different blood components in a fecal sample - hemoglobin and albumin. This allows veterinarians to explore the possibility of lesions throughout the digestive system, and determine whether those lesions exist in the foregut (includes the stomach and small intestine) and hindgut (includes the cecum and colon) without resorting to invasive procedures or relying solely on observation and treatment response. This is the only rapid test available to detect sources of bleeding in the hindgut, which may be a symptom of colonic ulcers.

Ulcers and other digestive tract conditions have serious consequences for both the horse and its owner. In addition to gastric ulcers, research has shown that 63 percent of performance horses suffer from colonic ulceration.1 These conditions may help explain the subclinical anemia, listlessness, weight loss and general poor health common in performance horses, despite attentive care by the horse owner.

The results of the SUCCEED FBT help to guide the veterinarian’s diagnosis and treatment with greater confidence. The SUCCEED FBT is easily administered in the field, and can be performed with a number of horses in a barn during a typical client visit. Consistent testing is especially important for performance horses, whose intermittent feeding schedules, high grain diets, stall confinement and other management practices make them susceptible to digestive imbalances.

To perform the test, a fecal sample is collected from the subject horse, placed in the provided container and mixed with tap water. A pipette provided with the kit is used to place a few drops of diluted fecal matter into each antibody well on the test cassette, which displays results after five minutes.

Freedom Health is releasing the SUCCEED FBT only to veterinarians--who are the best resource for diagnosing and treating equine health issues.

For more information on the SUCCEED Equine Fecal Blood Test, including in-depth articles on digestive tract health and interactive presentations, visit http://www.SucceedFBT.com. Information may also be obtained by calling toll-free, 877-734-6558.

The SUCCEED(R) Equine Fecal Blood Test(TM) and SUCCEED(R) Digestive Conditioning Program(R) are produced and distributed exclusively by Freedom Health, LLC, of Aurora, Ohio. This company is focused on finding, perfecting and delivering superior, innovative products that address real and significant health-related issues for animals and the people who care for them.

 

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