Horse Colic caused by Equine Ulcer

equine ulcer

As we all know, colic is a term used for all kinds of abdominal pain in the gastrointestinal area. We are also aware that there are different types of horse colic. But one of the most prevalent type of colic are equine ulcers, also known as EGUS for Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. Reports say that about 90% of race horses and 60% in foals are prone to horse ulcers.

The ulcers can range from a mild wound in the stomach to a severe tearing up of the stomach tissue walls. Though there are many medications for horse colic, this fact still remains true… the longer it takes for treatment – the more severe the case will become. So while it’s still in its mild state, if you suspect your horse having ulcers, then better call your veterinarian to be sure that your horse indeed has ulcers. Some medications may prove useless if the problem wasn’t ulcers at all – and yeah, don’t blame it on the medicine. >.<

The most obvious signs for ulcer are the following:

  • On and off abdominal pain (take note of this after your horse eats)
  • No appetite – if you don’t’ want to eat when your tummy is aching, then you would understand why your horse refuses to eat either.
  • Teeth grinding – most obvious case of ulcers; your horse will feel pain and it’s stressed, grinding his teeth expresses that.
  • Lying down or rolling often – pain causes stress in horses, they will try to alleviate the pain by rolling around or lying down and it won’t be easy settling them down If the case is severe.
  • Low Performance – your horse will not want to run or frolic outside as usual, he will want to stay put and lie down.
  • Restlessness – some horses will show restlessness and will not behave the way you want them to; sometimes they lie down and stand up again and vice versa… they can’t just settle down.

What are the recommended treatments for ulcers?

If your vet recommended some medication, you can follow your vet’s advice. And here are some recommended medications from vets and horse owners alike:

UlcerGard, GastroGard – popular medication but very expensive as one product is designed for treatment ONLY, and the other product for prevention ONLY.

Abprazole Plus – produced for the treatment AND prevention of gastric ulcers; basically it’s an all in one product.

AbActive – probiotic used to help in the healing process especially to horses that had colic and surgery.

Papaya, Aloe Juice – cheap treatments but short term only; used for the healing process of ulcers, may not be very useful for the “prevention” of ulcers in the long run.

Where can I buy those?

Ulcergard and Gastrogard are rather popular and are found from almost all pharmacies. Abprazole plus and Abactive can be found here: horse medicine at http://www.abler.com/products/ . As for the papaya and aloe juice, you can buy them on markets and you can make the mixtures yourself.

We cannot advise you on the dosage and exact amount of mixture for these treatments, we will only refer to some sources that we have compiled on our search but before we do that, we will need more accurate information. So, in the future, we will be posting it on this blog. For now, tata!

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