How will a probiotic benefit horses with gastric ulcers?
While treating horses with prebiotics, probiotics and antimicrobials is still in it's infancy, they hold remarkable promise to reduce, eliminate and prevent equine gastric disease.
It's expected that with a better understanding, the modification of the horse's microbiota will become therapeutic procedure for equine disease and gastric ulcers.
Probiotics or 'direct fed micobials' are reported to assist the horse by supporting fermentation & strengthening the immune system. However concerns have been raised as to whether the microorganisms can survive the acidic environment of the horse's stomach.
Probiotic products containing B. Coagulans such as AbActive and AbPrazole Plus, have been proven to resist destruction in stomach acid. Studies have shown that the strain will thrive in acidic environments (4.5 pH) but will struggle in more acidic environments of 3.5 pH and below.
Furthermore, B. Coagulans requires no refrigeration or special handling.
What does this mean for your horse?
AbPrazole Plus is a truly synergistic product which combines omeprazole (to reduce stomach acid) with all the benefits of probiotics.
Furthermore, the proven efficacy of B. Coagulans at 4.5 pH (or higher) is ideal as omeprazol has been shown to increase the pH (lower the acidity) of equine stomachs from 2 to 4.5 within an hour of dosing.
In addition, you may wish to enhance the benefits of feeding probiotics by introducing an alkaline diet. You can read more about alkaline diets for equines here.
Finding the right probiotics for your horse
AbActive is our enteric coated probiotics product. It is available in handy single serve granule sachets.
AbPrazole Plus is our combined omeprazole and probiotics product. Our customers have seen significantly improved healing time when using this product to treat gastric ulcers in horses.