A wonderful way to treat digestive ulcers in horses or give different types of horse medications like dewormers, pain killers, antibiotics, steroids and electrolytes to your horse is in paste form. This form of medication is very convenient especially in treating ulcers. Horses sometimes do not eat feed that has a mixture of medicine in it, or when you are in a horse show where preparing the medication is impractical.
In some instances when your horse is off its feed, a medicine in paste form can be a good alternative.
Step 1: Know the correct weight of the horse. If you are not certain about the actual weight, you can make a close estimate by using a weight tape around the abdomen of the horse just behind the shoulders.
Step 2: Keep the head of your horse up by holding it using a lead rope on one hand and grasp the syringe so it is easy for you to push it using your other hand. The syringe should be introduced at the corner of the mouth tilting it back in order for the syringe to easily slip to the back part of the mouth of the horse. Stop as soon as you have reached the end of the syringe and the tip or the syringe has rested on the horse’s tongue.
Step 3: When you have positioned the syringe properly, push the plunger completely to the end. As soon as the paste is entirely ejected, take the syringe out, rotating it to wipe off any paste on the tip of the syringe.
•Give adequate time after the horse is done eating tobe sure that there are no feeds left in the mouth of the horse before administering the paste. First thing in the morning prior to removing the horse from the stall is a good time.
•In making your own paste, mix it up with a some apple sauce or molasses to make paste more palatable for the fussy eater.
Digestive ulcers are very commonly seen in horses especially with their lifestyle nowadays. Treating ulcers (horses that are in training are most commonly susceptible ) does not have to be so difficult. AbGard omeprazole paste is very easy to administer, really inexpensive compared to other equine ulcer medications and the syringes are calibrated based on the horse’s body weight.
Another easy to administer treatment for digestive ulcers in horses is available in a granule form. Abprazole is an alternative equine ulcer medication that is enteric coated and works just as effectively as Abgard.