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Overcoming ULCERS

UPDATED RESEARCH IS HELPING HORSES WITH EQUINE GASTRIC ULCER SYNDROME.

UPDATED RESEARCH IS HELPING HORSES

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is more common in horses than you might think. The majority of horses with gastric ulcers don’t always show symptoms. For those horses that do exhibit clinical signs, here are some to look for:

■ Poor performance.

■ Poor hair coat and/or body condition.

■ Poor appetite or a picky eater.

■ Unexplained weight loss.

■ Abdominal discomfort or colic.

■ Behavioral changes (aggressive or nervous).

■ Cribbing or other stereotypic vices, like weaving, pawing and stall-walking.

A diagnosis of EGUS is confirmed only by gastroscopy, where your vet views the stomach with an endoscope, and not just based on clinical signs and suspicion.

A horse’s stomach has two distinct areas. The lower half is referred to as glandular, where glands produce acid. This portion has a protective lining. The upper half has no glands and no protective lining, and is called the squamous region.

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