Abprazole is used in treating and preventing equine gastric ulcers. Put simply, an ulcer is a wound in the digestive tract lining. It has two types: gastric and colonic. Gastric ulcers are lesions that happen in the stomach while colonic ulcers occur in the colon also known as intestines. While the two types are wounds in the mucosal linings, they are caused by different factors, have different symptoms and are treated differently.
Whether you own, train, ride or breed horses, you would always look and aim for a happy and healthy horse. A horse that has a better performance and behaviour would obviously sell better and require lesser veterinary costs. Unfortunately, a perfectly happy and healthy horse is hard to achieve because of pervasive instances of digestive ulcers in them.
Studies have shown that:
• Around 93% of horses engaged in racing suffer from gastric ulcers
• Almost all performance horses are found to have either gastric or colonic ulcers.
• Gastric ulcers are also very common among 37% of leisure horses.
• Stomach ulcers can be suffered by up to 57% of foals particularly during their first few months of life
• 50% of horses that have ulcers do not show any outward signs of gastrointestinal disease
This represents a high number of horses affected by equine ulcers – which is also costly. There are many conventional techniques in coming up with a diagnosis and in the treatment of ulcers, but this problem still remains to be prevalent among horses. In order to keep your horse in its optimum health, it’s very important to learn and understand the signs and symptoms that your horse is exhibiting.
Omeprazole is the most successful treatment for this condition. Abprazole are blue granules that contains enteric coated Omeprazole. Because Abprazole is enteric coated, it can resist the acid environment of the stomach for at least 1 hour thereby reaching the intestines first, before dissolving and releasing the active ingredient where the pH is already almost neutral. Omeprazole is acid labile which is why enteric coating is required to avoid degradation in the stomach where acidity is high.
The following are the most common signs that your horse may have a gastric and/or colonic ulcer:
• attitude changes
• loss of appetite
• decreased performance and energy
• decline in bodily condition
The following signs may suggest that your horse has a potential digestive issue, these signs are often ignored or overlooked:
• girthiness and sensitivity around the flank area
• stall vices e.g. cribbing and weaving
• not eager to work
The administration of Abprazole for the treatment of digestive ulcers can allow a horse to still continue with its normal daily activities as Abprazole is well-tolerated and allows a quicker healing. A sachet of Abprazole contains a single dose of enteric coated Omeprazole.
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION: (2.2lb = 1kg)
Treatment: One sachet per 175kg (385lb)/ per day
Recommended dosage is 1.8 mg/lb per day (4.0 mg/kg)
Treatment regime: 28days
Prevention: One sachet per 350kg (770lb)/ per day
Recommended dosage is 0.09 mg/lb per day (2.0 mg/kg)
Prevention regime: Ongoing as required
Simply sprinkle Abprazole dry on to food . Fussy eaters mix with molasses, corn syrup and then mix with food, apple or a treat. Abprazole may be mixed with a mash. To achieve the maximum effectiveness best not heated, mixed or immersed in a water based food or treat as granules are enteric coated.