Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) plays a huge role in quality of life for the horse.
EGUS can affect up to 90 percent of racehorses and 60 percent of show horses. Stall confinement alone has been shown to lead to the development of ulcers. Other factors include: feeding schedules, diet consistency, stress, travel, exercise, environment and even pasture-mates. High-grain diets which may be necessary to maintain a horse's lifestyle, but they produce volatile fatty acids that can lead to ulcers. Both environmental and physical stress can increase the chance of ulcers, as horse-trailer travel, training schedule and mixing groups of horses. Strenuous exercise decreases the emptying of the stomach and blood flow to the stomach, which can lead to gastric ulcers.
Prevention of gastric ulcers requires paying attention to all of the potential contributors and creating a preventative environment. Treatment of gastric ulcers requires proper diagnosis and medical therapy to help decrease acid production in the horse’s stomach.
The prevention of ulcers is the key. Treating gastric ulcers as early as possible is key for the health of the horse.
Come out to learn how to manage all of these predisposing factors and pick up on early signs of EGUS in a horse.
How to Treat & Prevent Equine Gastric Ulcers
Join us on Friday, June 24th at 6:00pm
Equiplex Veterinary Hospital
Flower Mound, TX