When deciding whether to treat equine ulcers with omeprazole or sucralfate – it’s important to first identify the type of ulcer you’re treating. In general terms, omeprazole is effective on gastric ulcers while sucralfate can alleviate symptoms of both gastric ulcers and hindgut ulcers.
Treating with omeprazole or sucralfate
Sucralfate is a good preventative treatment for horses in stressful ‘ulcer causing’ situations. For example stress caused by long distance travel or competition. The protective coating will help prevent ulcers forming in the first place.
Healing a horse with ulcers
Ulcers are notoriously slow to heal – so while sucralfate will help a horse feel better, you need to identify and treat the core problem during that healing process. First and foremost the lifestyle and diet of the horse should be considered to eliminate stressors and acid production.