Gastric Ulcers in Horses: a Common Problem
What is Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome?
Gastric Ulcers in horses is a common problem. They are relatively easy to diagnose and treat with the right products. It is a fact that up to 93% of race horses and almost 60% of performance horses are affected.
The condition Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome or EGUS affects different parts of the digestive tract. Starting in the esophagus down to the duodenal mucosa. The condition starts as a mild erosion and develops to bigger craters which penetrate the mucosa.
Endoscopic procedures will provide diagnosis but this is a very invasive procedure. Clinical signs will determine if the horse is not feeling well.
What are the signs?
- poor body condition,
- poor appetite,
- and poor overall performance.
Is my Horse Predisposed to Ulcers?
There are many factors which may predispose a horse to develop gastric ulcers.
- physical stress,
- reduced hay consumption,
- intermittent feeding,
- high dosed medications like NSAIDs.
- transportation and
- intensive training programs
How do I Treat Gastric Ulcers in Horses?
The most prescribed medication is Omeprazole. Omeprazole works by inhibiting the process of gastric acid production in the stomach. Consequently helps in treating and preventing ulcers from forming inside the horses stomach. It is the choice of vets within the equine industry