Gastric Ulcers. Treatment, Symptoms and Management
Symptoms, Treatment and Management.
Gastric Ulcers are caused by increased acid exposure to the tissue. This can occur from- Lack of available forage, stress, anxiety, change of routine, intense exercise, high starch diets, lack of access to water.
– Loss of appetite.
– Slow eating.
– Irritability especially when being tacked up or ridden.
– Loss of weight
– Dull coat and eyes.
– Reluctancy to move forward when being ridden and accepting the leg.
Treatment and management-
– If you feel your horse may have ulcers call your vet and they will arrange for your horse to scoped.
– This is a tube with a small camera on the end which is inserted up through the nose and slowly pushed down to the stomach. This is called a Gastroscopy.
– If ulcers are shown your horse will be put on a course of gastraguard to treat them. Ulcers can clear up between 28-56 days depending on the severity of them.
– Your horses diet must be adapted and have less starch present, a feed specialist can help you with this.
– Regular meals should be given and a small feed prior to work.
– Its hugely important that your horse has access to fresh water and forage at all times.
– Placing hay nets in different parts of the stable helps to encourage them to always eat.
– Corn or rapeseed oil should be added to feed.
– Chaff should be added to all feeds.
For more information on gastric ulcers listen to our very informative Podcast on Gastric Ulcers by expert Richard Hepburn from B and W vets.