The Best Treatment for Ulcers in Horses
At any time in your horse’s life, be prepared as, treatment for ulcers in horses is necessary. Sometimes severally if you’re unlucky and can be a re occurrence. It is estimated that over 60% of horses have ulcers. Most of the symptoms will be noticed just by observing the behavior of your horse. There are also non-behavioral changes like loss of weight and a dull coat that you may notice.
Behavior symptoms of a horse with ulcers
- A swishing tail, irritability, and uneasiness when adjusting the girth (you have ensured that the equipment is a proper fit and in good working condition)
- Reduced feed intake or feed frequency
- Pinning his ears
- Teeth grinding
- Poor performance
While the above are just a few of the many symptoms that indicate ulcers, it is important to be on the lookout at all times for any changes. Understanding your horse’s health is the key to a happy horse.
Ensure that you have properly diagnosed ulcers. A veterinarian will use a viewing scope to examine the stomach of your horse. Once endoscopy has confirmed that your horse indeed has ulcers, treatment should start immediately. When administered well, change will be noticeable within a day or two.
Treatment with Active Ingredient Omeprazole
Medication is available with or without a prescription. Ensure that Omeprazole is the active ingredient in the medicine used. This is because it helps the tissue to heal by suppressing production of acid. Drugs that form a barrier between the stomach and acid should also be given (Mucosal protectants).
Antacids and Licorice are good examples of supplements that can be used to work hand in hand with the medication for ulcers. Most supplements help in healing and repairing damaged tissue, control formation of acids, and soothe the lining of the intestines just to mention a few.
There are also alternative treatments that utilize natural and organic methods. These are incorporated in the horse’s nutrition. Below are three examples of natural remedies:
- High fiber diet that is easily digestible (Aloe Vera juice). Works by protecting the digestive tract.
- Regulation of bacteria in the intestinal tract (Slippery Elm). Can be incorporated in the normal feed.
- Healing of the stomach lining using L- Glutamine as an amino acid (dried cabbage, raw pumpkin seeds, papaya).
Whatever treatment for ulcers in horses is chosen, ensure that the diet given is high in roughage. If your horse is a performance horse, limit the training sessions and keep it from any racing/competition. Stress should be kept in check too.
This article is brought to you by Abler Equine Pharmaceuticals, trusted manufacturer of Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatments since 2008