Equine Gastric Ulcers and Gastroscopy

By: Jackpot Vet

Ulcers In Horses
Equine GI ulcers are a hot topic. Stomach ulcers are prevalent in horses and determining the significance of these ulcers in the case of poor performance or change in behavior can be challenging.

What Causes Ulcers in Horses?

This seemingly epidemic in ulcers may be related to the lifestyle our domesticated horses live. Horses GI systems are designed for grazing.
Environmental Factors that affect ulcers:

Treating Stomach Ulcers In Horses

The treatment for gastric ulcers is all about reducing the acid in the stomach to allow ulcers to heal and prevent further ulcers from developing. Medications to treat active ulcers are expensive and time consuming to administer. Prevention of ulcers involves changing feeding strategies and managing stressful situations.
Gastroscopy is the diagnostic test that can look inside your horses’ stomach. This not only tells us if ulcers are present but the grade of ulcers if present.
Poor performance & behavior changes can be caused by ulcers and gastroscopy is a feasible diagnostic to either rule in or out the disease.

Get Treatment For Your Horse At Jackpot Veterinary Center in Tucson, Arizona!

At Jackpot Veterinary Center, we understand the unique needs of your horse. Because ulcers can be painful and cause lasting damage, we are committed to providing the best possible care for your horse. Our experienced team of veterinarians and large animal staff offer a wide range of treatments, including medication and dietary changes. We will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to your horse’s individual needs. Call today to speak to one of our Staff or to schedule an appointment!

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