What are mycotoxins and how do toxin binders work?

Mycotoxins are toxins that are produced by fungi or moulds and are often found in animal feed (pasture, hay and grain) and can cause serious problems in animals. 

What can mycotoxins do in the body?

Once mycotoxins reach the intestines, they may damage the lining and enter the bloodstream, affecting organs, most especially the liver, and may result in gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, & reproductive issues.

Although symptoms are generally non-specific, signs of mycotoxicity in horses can include:

  • Persistent skin problems like greasy heel, rain scald, sunburn and itchiness
  • Hypersensitivity (unexplained moodiness)
  • Neurological disorders (e.g. staggers)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Poor condition
  • Dull coat
  • Poor performance

How do toxin binders work?

Toxin binders are substances that bind mycotoxins and remove them via the digestive tract so they're not reabsorbed into the body.

Fixine for Equine contains zeolite, a naturally occurring aluminosilicate that may bind and excrete mycotoxins before they are absorbed by the digestive tract.

Are toxin binders safe?

Feeding a toxin binder is a safe and effective way to make sure your horse doesn’t potentially absorb harmful toxins

As always, should problems persist, we recommend contacting your veterinarian.