GI Month: Why should you consider a Gastroscope?

Why You Should Consider Gastroscope for Your Horse

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.
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What is Causing 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; Feeding 2-3 meals a day, Concentrate Feeds, Intensive Excersize, Intermittent Access to Water, Physical and Social Stresses.

Treatment For 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.
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How to Diagnose Ulcers in Horses

Gastroscope is the diagnostic 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 gastroscope is a feasible diagnostic to either rule in or out the disease.

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