About Mānuka Vet

Created by nature, developed by veterinarians. All for the health of your horse.


Mānuka Vet is a natural mānuka honey wound treatment that's been developed by veterinarians, specifically with horses in mind.

Horses especially tend to have poor circulation in their limbs, which makes them particularly prone to infections. In fact, horse injuries are the third most common reason for vet callouts.

Pure Mānuka Honey

Our expert veterinarians developed Mānuka Vet as an effective antibacterial wound treatment to get those injuries healing more quickly. We've sourced pure, high-grade mānuka honey from New Zealand's wild Mokau River banks and independently tested it.

Mānuka Vet is antibiotic-free, completely natural, and suitable for all kinds of equine injuries.

Leigh de Clifford
Leigh de Clifford

Jason Lowe
Jason Lowe

The Mānuka Vet team

As equine veterinarians, our directors Leigh de Clifford and Jason Lowe have spent years treating all kinds of wounds and injuries to horses.

Horse wounds are frustratingly slow to heal and need a lot of vet callouts to keep on top of – not to mention antibiotics to keep infection at bay. That's great for the veterinary business, but not so much for owners who want their horse to get back to work or training, or the horse that just wants to get back into the paddock.

And while we'd been wishing for years for something that would reliably help horses' wounds to heal faster and reduce the need for antibiotics, it wasn't happening. 


So once we looked into the scientific research on mānuka honey, we decided to create our own range of equine wound treatments, keeping that balance between nature, science and veterinary medicine.

But it was also important to us to keep a connection with the land – the land our honey is produced on, and the land that your horses graze on. So Mānuka Vet was formed as a partnership with the Mangapapa B2 Incorporation of southern King Country, where our honey comes from.

Together, we have complete control over the supply chain of the honey used in Mānuka Vet, so you can trust that it contains authentic, high-grade mānuka honey every time.

How to get Mānuka Vet for your horse


Spread the word about Mānuka Vet! Check out our retailers to find the one that's nearest to you, or let your vet know about our product and ask them to become a stockist. Horses are magnificent animals, and they deserve the best – so ask for it today.

About Mānuka Honey

What's special about mānuka honey?

All honey has some antibacterial properties – even the ancient Egyptians used it to promote wound healing. But mānuka honey is unique in that it contains a special organic compound called methylglyoxal (MG), which not only stops bacteria from being able to replicate but helps keep the wound from getting too inflamed.

However pure mānuka honey is also hard to obtain. For the bush to flower in the spring, conditions need to be right all year, so a good harvest is never guaranteed. And if it grows too closely to other flowering plants, the other pollen will dilute the mānuka content and reduce the honey's therapeutic benefits.

Mānuka Vet's honey is all pure and traceable, and all directly sourced from Māori landowners in the Taranaki region, so we know it possesses the properties that make it work.

How does it work?

Mānuka honey is about 80% sugar, and the rest is made up of water molecules that are bound so tightly that they are unusable by micro-organisms such as bacteria. With its high levels of gluconic acid and a pH of around 3.2 to 4.5, mānuka honey has an osmotic effect on wounds, drawing moisture out of the surrounding skin and circulatory system and into the wound itself. This creates a moist environment that promotes the removal of dead tissue – known as debridement – along with improved healing. The honey's osmotic effect also extends to any micro-organisms present, pulling moisture from them and preventing them from replicating.

MG, the main active compound in mānuka honey, is created as the bees process the pollen into honey. The higher the MG levels, the greater the antibacterial activity. One of the key properties of MG is that it can cause the breakdown of cells in micro-organisms by disrupting the genetic code that keeps their cell walls stable. It can also disrupt the genes that code for surface-binding proteins, which can help prevent biofilms. Biofilms are made up of thin layers of micro-organisms chained together, and are involved with delayed healing and serious infection.

What does mānuka honey mean for wound care?

Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in veterinary medicine. The World Veterinary Association has been warning vets for a long time about the overuse of antibiotics.

Mānuka honey has several active components, which work together on the bacteria in a wound – unlike antibiotics. MG has been shown to decrease proteins in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), making them less able to withstand stress.

While ongoing, research is also suggesting that certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be more susceptible to antibiotics when they're used in conjunction with mānuka honey. 

This is great news for veterinary wound management. Studies have found that cannon bone wounds on horses that were treated with mānuka honey remained smaller due to reduced retraction, healed faster, and grew healthier new tissue than similar untreated wounds.

Those numbers on the packaging – what do they mean?

When you buy mānuka honey, or a product containing it, there will be a number or grade on the packaging to indicate the levels of mānuka honey's unique active compounds.

Generally, these will be shown as a UMF (Unique Mānuka Factor) measure, or an amount of methylglyoxal (MG) given in mg/kg. These are always shown as a minimum quantity present.

At Mānuka Vet all the honey we use has been independently tested for three markers present in genuine mānuka honey - leptosperin, DHA and MG. For maximum therapeutic benefits, the honey needs to be at least MG 260+ – but because we really want to make sure your animal gets the best benefits mānuka can provide, we use a minimum of 350+ or higher in all our products.

 

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