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Here at VetInternetCo.com, we are aware of the many challenges horse owners face every day. Having two horses at our farm, Ace and Slim, on our adjoining property has made us even more aware of an especially serious ailment in horses: equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). We have spoken with several horse owners who have also seen this problem and are seeking more information and treatment. Below are some causes, symptoms and treatments for gastric ulcers in horses. For more in-depth information on this ailment, click here to hear from a veterinarian.
Symptoms in Foals
A veterinarian will be able to do specific lab tests to confirm whether or not the horse has an ulcer. However, these are some symptoms to look for:
Symptoms in Adult Horses
Ulcer treatment options vary and different medications are for three different purposes: (1) to decrease acid production; (2) to buffer acid produced; and (3) to protect the lining of the stomach from acid. Below are several options to consider in the treatment of gastric ulcers.
Having a horse that is suffering from gastric ulcers can be alarming. The good news is that there are many treatment options for horse owners. As always, if you believe your horse may be suffering from gastric ulcers, consult your veterinarian!