Gastric Ulcers in Horses – A Common Problem
Gastric ulceration is a common problem for all horses, however is most prevalent in performance horses and foals. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome or EGUS is the collective term for this condition. There are different signs and symptoms associated with the condition; however, bear in mind that the symptoms can be subtle, varied and appear similar to other equine conditions. This often makes diagnosis difficult and delayed.
Some of the common causes of ulcers are the following;
– Rigorous training
– Stabilisation and decreased open grazing
– Low roughage and high grain intake
– Physical and mental stress
The most common cause of ulcers is a change in diet and housing for the horse. Low roughage, high grain diets – often a result of being stabled – increase the acidity in the stomach. This more acidic environment leads to erosion of the stomach lining and with time, ulceration.
Equine Omeprazole- The Treatment for Horse Ulcers
Currently, the most effective treatment for digestive ulcers in horses is Omeprazole. Omeprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors which minimise gastric acid production with the aim of decreasing damage to the stomach lining and allow existing ulcers a chance to heal.
AbPrazole is a product from Abler. It is an Omeprazole formulation useful in the management of equine digestive ulcers; it not only helps treat ulcers but also prevents them from recurring and allowing your horses to train even whilst being treated.
AbPrazole comes granules have an enteric coating that allows the medication to reach the absorption area intact, so your horse receives the appropriate dosing and is easily added to your horses feed.
Trust AbPrazole to rid your horse of ulcers.