Omeprazole is the accepted treatment for equine gastric ulcers.
While omeprazole is not a scheduled medication, nor are the side effects severe, it is still important to give your horse the correct dosage.Omeprazole belongs to the medication group of proton-pump inhibitors (PPI’s). It is effective because it binds to H2-receptors found in the horse’s stomach, which in turn prevents the hypersecretion of stomach acid. While omeprazole stops the overproduction of gastric acid, it will still need an acidic environment in order for it to be effective.
AbPrazole by Abler is omeprazole as enteric-coated granule The enteric coating allows the granules to reach the site of absorption without passing degradation from the normal stomach acid. .When administering ulcer medication, it is important to follow the dosing instructions to achieve the best results.
Benefits of Omeprazole granules
The correct dosage of AbProzole will relieve the pain of gastric ulcers.pain. Dosing of AbProzole in granule form has may advantages for the horse owner -it is easy to administer and comes in perfectly measured packs of single daily doses of omeprazole. Granules can also be top dressed to horse feed or mixed with a treat.
How Much to Give Your Horse
Giving the correct dosage of AbProzole is important to achieve success in the treatment and prevention of equine gastric ulcers. One pack/ sachet of AbPrazole will treat 175 kg (385 lbs) horse. Treatment is once a day and recommended for 28 consecutive days. Prevention and treatment strategies for equine gastric ulcers may vary from one horse to another. The main goal of both treatment and prevention is to suppress overproduction of gastric acid. A preventive treatment should continue if your horse is at risk of ulcers. Horses at a higher risk of ulcers are ones in constant training and being hauled to events. Horses being fed a diet of highly concentrated grains are also at risk of continually requiring a preventative dose of omeprazole – any performance horse is at risk of developing gastric ulcers.
Importance of adjusting dosage
A horse undergoing either a light or heavy workload may require an adjusted dosage depending on the symptoms the horse displays. It is not uncommon for the horse owner to “up the dose” of omeprazole pre and post-show to ensure the horse is comfortable and will perform at its best. Healing of gastric ulcers is seemingly impossible, as mankind is constantly putting the horse at risk of developing ulcers. For this reason, the dosage of omeprazole, whether it be treatment and prevention, should be tailored to the situation and individual horse.