AbGard – Early Detection of Horse Ulcers Through Urine Testing


Identifying gastric ulcers in horses may soon be an easy procedure that does not have to be invasive. Detecting equine gastric ulcers is usually done with the use of an invasive procedure, endoscopy, but recently, researchers have found a more cost-effective and convenient way of assessing the severity of ulcers through urine testing for presence of sucrose. This test have already been proven reliable in detecting ulcers in rats, dogs, and humans.

Sucrose is a disaccharide sugar which cannot be found normally present in either a horse’s blood or urine. Sucrose molecules are too bulky to permeate a healthy stomach lining. Once they enter the small intestine, they are immediately broken down. However, sucrose molecules can pass through damaged or ulcerated stomach lining and the molecules can escape through the bloodstream. Eventually, the kidneys filter the blood and these molecules will appear as a concentrated form found in the urine.




Experimental studies were conducted where a team of researchers induced gastric ulcers in horses through stressful feeding schedule and performed endoscopy to confirm the presence. Horses were then fed with high-grain meals and about 2 cups of sucrose solution (10% w/v) given through nasogastric tubes. Urine collection was done 2 hours and 4 hours after being given sucrose solution. The results revealed that the urine of ulcerated horses contain significant values of sucrose two hours following administration especially in severe ulcerations. The sucrose values also dramatically decreased following treatment of equine Omeprazole for 21 days.

The degree of severity of horse ulcers can now be accurately evaluated through testing sucrose levels in urine. This gives horse owners a convenient way of evaluating cases necessitating immediate treatment. The results from the experiment revealed that urine testing for sucrose levels can become a less invasive, much cheaper, and simpler diagnostic technique for ulcers in horses.

Detection of gastric ulcers is an important step in managing the condition. The earlier the ulcers are detected, the earlier treatment can be given. It is important to treat horse ulcers as early as possible to avoid complications which may arise when treatment is delayed. Sucrose testing is a convenient way of diagnosing gastric ulcers. You also need a convenient way of treating your horses and using equine Omeprazole in paste form, AbGard, gives you no trouble in administering dosage using the syringe formulation. In addition, you can ensure that the correct dosage is given and avoid wastage of medication. Choose AbGArd.




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