Full-blown horse colic signs, such as teeth grinding and rolling, are hard for an owner to watch. Imagine how painful it is for the horse! When the diagnosis is horse colic, what to do is the most pertinent question, and it’s one we want to answer as quickly as possible. Colic accounts for over eighty percent of horse deaths. One of the primary causes of colic is gastric ulcers. Colic isn’t a disease in itself. It’s a condition
Equine ulcer symptoms include:
• Poor appetite
• Weight loss and poor body condition
• Poor hair coat
• Mild colic
• Mental dullness or attitude changes
• Poor performance
• Lying down more than normal
Nearly half of the foals and a third of the adult horses we confine in stalls may have at least mild ulcers. About sixty percent of show-horses and ninety percent of racehorses have moderate to severe ulcers. As for foals, they have their own set of symptoms, similar to horse ulcer symptoms but different because of the foal’s young anatomy
Symptoms in Foals
A foal may grind her teeth, salivate excessively, and lie on her back. And, if the foal has ulcers, she may have diarrhea.
If you notice any ulcer symptoms in your adult horse or foal, address the situation with a vet immediately.
Nothing could be more important than resolving the problem. Equine gastric ulcers treatment involves changing how you manage your horse’s feed, turnout time, and medications.
In terms of medication, there are multiple kinds. The different kinds of medication exist to achieve three purposes: decrease stomach acid production, buffer the acid that is produced, and to protect the lining of the stomach from the effects of acid.
How to treat gastric ulcers
The only type of medication approved for treat Equine Gastric Ulcers is omeprazole. Omeprazole decreases the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the horse’s stomach. It directly addresses the chemical cause of ulcers. An omeprazole medication such as Abprazole, or blue pop rocks has a special enteric coating. The enteric coating resists breakdown by the initial assault of stomach acid. That way, the medication will enter the horse’s bloodstream effectively, and provide relief.