Sucralfate for horses is an effective medication for both gastric and hindgut ulcers.
For for horses with gastric ulcers, sucralfate works in conjunction with omeprazole to help your horse feel better whilst undergoing treatment for ulcers. You can read more about the best approach with sucralfate and omeprazole here.
With hindgut ulcers, sucralfate for horses also provides fast relief. It forms a thick, viscous layer that will stick to the ulcer site and act as a protective film. The effect is immediate and it works for around 6-8 hours.
However, while it’s excellent at protecting the horse’s digestive tract, sucralfate inhibits the absorption of other medications & supplements.
For this reason, sucralfate needs to be fed 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals or medication.
Here are some other tips for using sucralfate for horses:
- Ideally sucralfate should be given 2 or 3 times a day.
- If a dose is missed, give as soon as possible, if next dose is within a few hours of the normal schedule, wait, and give at the regular time. *Do not double the dose*.
- Sucralfate should also not be given at the same time as other medications as it’s known to limit their effectiveness.
- For best results it should be fed in liquid form.
- The ideal treatment length is 21 days.
Where can you get sucralfate for horses?
AbSucralfate can be bought online without a prescription. It comes in 5g sachets which can be easily mixed into a paste.
Recommended dosage of sucralfate for horses:
- 500kg horse: 3 x sachets per dose (up to 3 times a day)
- 300kg pony: 2 x sachets per dose (up to 3 times a day)