Often, humans would find medicine unpleasant to the taste. This may not only be applicable to us but to different animals as well, and horses are not an exemption. If the medicine has a bitter taste, you might find it hard to deliver the amount of dose you want your horse to have. But when you think of a paste formulation, you may realize that it’s easier to dose a big animal like a horse. If you want horse ulcer treatment to be effective, you should see to it that the right amount of dose has been delivered into the horse’s system.
Omeprazole is the active
ingredient for AbGard. Omeprazole remains to be the only formulation approved by the FDA as horse ulcer treatment. This drug works effectively in treating and preventing the common condition in horses by suppressing or controlling the acid production inside the stomach. With continuous production of acid, ulcers may develop. Especially without constant salivation, which is essential for neutralizing gastric acid. Constant salivation is a natural process in the horses’ body since they are grazers, spending a lot of time eating freely.
Development of Ulcers
The moment horses are stabled, there could be changes in their diet. Sometimes eating may not be as frequent as it used to be. The process of acid production is a natural process as well that continues with or without the presence of food. If there is no food to be digested, there is continuous acid secretion and then it could cause injury to the lining of the stomach. As a result, ulcers develop.
Ulcers could develop at any stage of a horse’s life. Commonly, it is caused by factors such as stress from transportation and intensive exercise program. At times also caused by medications like NSAIDs. To diagnose horse ulcers, you need to go seek a veterinarian or have endoscopy procedure performed. If none of this is applicable at the moment, it would still help if you would observe your horse properly for common clinical signs such as reduced appetite, poor body condition and poor performance.
Omeprazole is a trusted formulation to be used on horses suffering from gastric ulcerations. Abler has two products containing equine Omeprazole. One is in paste form (Abgard) the other in granules (Abprazole). Both are equally effective and affordable, and trusted by many horse owners. The paste form may come in handy when horses are off their feed. Whichever formulation you choose, it is just as effective as a horse ulcer treatment plus you get savings as well.