- Effective for both treatment and prevention of equine ulcers.
- Treatment allows horses to stay in training, as they heal quicker.
- Single daily dose effective for 24 hours
- Easy to administer
Facts about Stomach Ulcers in Horses:
Horses are known as “trickle feeders” in that, traditionally, they continually have free access to light grazing. Their stomach routinely produces about 1.5 liters (0.4 gallons) of gastric acid per hour to digest this feed. Today, with many horses being stabled and fed concentrated or restricted diets, the acid production still continues resulting in an abnormally high acidity in the stomach. Prolonged exposure of the stomach lining to this acid condition results in gastric ulcers.
To effectively restore and treat ulcers in horses, Abgard (™) is specially formulated to ensure that the Omeprazole is properly absorbed in the intestine against acidic conditions in the stomach.
Other risk factors that have been found to induce horse ulcers include stress related situations such as intensive exercise, transport, injury or even psychological stress. The use of some medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Bute) can also induce horse ulcers.
• Up to 93% of racehorses gets stomach ulcers, regardless of age
• Almost 60% of other performance horses have ulcers
• Up to 57% of foals have stomach ulcers, particularly during the early months
• 50% of horses with ulcers show no outward signs of gastrointestinal disease
Clinical symptoms of Horse Ulcers:
Whilst an internal examination using an equine gastroscope is the only certain way to diagnose EGUS, there are many symptoms that are indicative of gastric horse ulcers, which include:
Decreased appetite or reluctance to eat the concentrated part of their diet
- Loss of weight
- Loss of condition
- Poor hair coat
- Attitude changes
- Aggressive or nervous disposition
- Grinding teeth
- Excessive salivation
- Lying down
- Hunched standing position
Treatment of Equine Ulcers:
In the absence of a gastrscopic examination, successful treatment of the symptoms usually confirms the presence of equine ulcers. The most successful treatment regime today is the use of Omeprazole, which can either be in Omeprazole paste form or Omeprazole granules form.
Omeprazole in not an antacid, it decreases the gastric acid secretion by blocking the H+, K+ – adenosine triphosphatase (acid pump) enzymes, shutting down acid secretion by knocking out the acid pumps, as opposed to competing with the stimulant.
Omeprazole is known to be acid-labile meaning it is degraded under acid conditions (like in the horse’s stomach). AbGard (™) is formulated to ensure that the active ingredient is available for absorption in the intestine.
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