1st – Understand Gastric Ulcers then treat!
While prevention can go a long way with horses and ulcers, learning about equine gastric ulcer treatment is also advisable. At the end of the day, gastric ulcers are always going to be prevalent amongst horses, particularly amongst foals, as well as horses who undergo a great degree of exercise. Diet and other considerations can diminish the possibility of ulcers developing, but that’s not enough. You should also strive to understand what to look for. At the same time, you also want to become keenly aware of your treatment options.
Causes and symptoms of Equine Gastric Ulcers
Diet and feeding management, training stressors, certain meds, and even bile acid are all potential causes of gastric ulcers. The severity of the ulcer can range from one horse to the next. If you notice significant changes in their appearance or eating, then you will want to contact your vet as quickly as possible. You will also want to look for such symptoms as the horses laying down for long periods of time, the appearance of colic, or diminished athletic performance.
You should not diagnose a horse with a gastric ulcer on your own. This can create even more problems, as the treatment course you pursue may not be the best treatment course for your specific animal. There are a number of treatment options for horses with gastric ulcers.
What horse medication best treats Equine Gastric Ulcers?
Once the diagnosis has been established, the following treatment options will likely be discussed:
H2 blocker: This is a type of medication that is designed to block histamine actions.
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI):
An equine medication such as Omeprazole for horses this will work to diminish the overall production of acid for the horse.
A protectant such as sucralfate can work at blocking acid from getting to the stomach lining and is most effective when used in conjunction with Omeprazole.
Other alternatives to consider:
There are additional measures that may need to be taken. Equine probiotics are sometimes also used, in addition to increasing roughage amount, increasing eating periods, or avoiding/decreasing the grains your horse eats on a daily basis. Ulcers in foals can potentially heal without treatment, but a vet should still be consulted for additional insight.