Bio-Sponge® is an equine health supplement designed to help support healthy gastrointestinal function in foals and adult horses.
What is Bio-Sponge®?
Bio-Sponge® (DTO smectite) is referred to as an organo mineral as it is comprised of organic matter and minerals.
How Does Bio-Sponge Work?
Bio-Sponge® has a large surface area and when in close proximity to positively charged ions, it binds to them and will remove them from the digestive system. It’s because of this adsorption-effect that Bio-Sponge® can help maintain gastrointestinal function and health.
How Long Does it Take Bio-Sponge® to Work?
Bio-Sponge works very quickly after administration. If there is no noticeable improvement within 7 days, it's recommend to discontinue use. If there is improvement but the intestinal disturbance hasn't resolved, continue administering the Bio-Sponge until the loose stool has subsided.
How Long Can a Horse Stay on Bio-Sponge®?
Some horses consume a maintenance dose of Bio-Sponge® as part of their daily diet to maintain digestive health. For most horses Bio-Sponge® is used until the intestinal disturbance has revolved but is safe and effective for long-term use if needed.
Active Ingredients Per 1 Scoop (97.5g)
NEWBORN FOALS (Less than 24 hours old)
During Intestinal Disturbance: Administer 3 tablespoon scoops (27.6g) Bio-Sponge® mixed with 30cc water no earlier than 6 hours after foal first nurses the mare. Administer 2-3 times daily or as directed by veterinarian. Discontinue use 1 day after intestinal disturbance resolves.*
Prevention of Intestinal Disturbance: Administer 0.5-1.5 tablespoon scoops (4.6-13.8g) Bio-Sponge® mixed with 10-30cc water no earlier than 12 hours after foal first nurses the mare. Administer twice daily for 4-5 days or as directed by veterinarian.
Intestinal Disturbance: Administer 3 tablespoon scoops (27.6g) Bio-Sponge® mixed with 30cc water 2-3 times daily or as directed by veterinarian. Discontinue use 1 day after intestinal disturbance resolves.*
ADULT HORSES (Based on 1,000 lb horse)
Intestinal Disturbance: Administer 1 four ounce scoop (97.5g) Bio-Sponge® twice daily or as directed by veterinarian.*
Bio-Sponge Powder is recommended for use within 12 months and Bio-Sponge Paste is recommended for use within 9 months of manufacture date.
*Discontinue if there is no noticeable improvement after 7 days of use.
Bio-Sponge is supportive for intermittent cases of diarrhea. It is also widely used with new foals to support intestinal health. Many veterinarians rely on Bio-Sponge® to help support both foals and adult horses with occasional intestinal disturbances, as well as post-operative cases in their practice.
Many horses will consume Bio-Sponge® Powder with their feed or supplements. However, if needed, Bio-Sponge® Paste can easily be made from the powder to aid in ease of administration. This can be especially helpful for foals, picky eaters or horses that are not eating due to illness.
Step 1: Mix recommended dose of powdered supplement with liquid to achieve desired consistency. Water, apple sauce flax oil or molasses are commonly used.
Step 2: Start with syringe fully plunged, then draw mixture up syringe by pulling plunger out from barrel of syringe.
Step 3: Administer full dose to animal orally.
Questions? Contact a Platinum Advisor at 800-553-2400.
Platinum Performance® client since 2015
“Einstein is an OTTH. He's athletic, willing and smart. Plus he is sweet and calm, the perfect horse for an amateur!!! Beauty is more than skin deep when talking about my boy. Einstein was having digestion issues causing his tail to be a mess! Since putting him on Bio Sponge and Platinum Performance he is no longer 'squirting' and has a beautiful tail too!!”
— Angela E.
Platinum Performance® client since 2004
“Shotgun had pneumonia when he was a 3 years old. He had to be on antibiotics for several months. With the help of Bio-Sponge, he never went off feed and never developed diarrhea! He is now fit and healthy and is shown in the reining and reined cow horse events.”
— Marissa Greenberg, DVM