Ulcers

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Breeding Season Stress Can Lead to Gastric Ulcers

March 05, 2009

Breeding season can be a stressful time for owners and horses alike. While horse owners are hustling to prepare facilities, the broodmares might be just as tense. Especially for young and maiden mares, the stress from being trailered to new... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Reduce Horse Show Stress to Maintain Stomach Health

December 12, 2008

Every competitive horse owner knows that showtime is stressful. However, stress from training to trailering can affect horses, too.

Horses can continue feeling the stress even after stepping off the trailer. Situations such as increased... Read More

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Tummy Troubles

October 26, 2008

Gastric ulceration affects a large number of horses of all ages: it's been shown to be prevalent in 25 to 50% of foals up to two months old, while another study reported that between 80 and 90% of racehorses in training have gastric ulceration.... Read More

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Update on Ulcers

September 30, 2008

For more than a decade equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) and colonic ulcers have been linked to performance and health problems in horses. Today research continues to improve our understanding of ulcers, and the results are... Read More

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Digestive Health in Horses

August 15, 2008

Experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics related to equine digestive health.... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Disease, Colic, and Carbohydrate Nutrition

May 05, 2008

How is feeding carbohydrates related to gastrointestinal (GI) disease? The propensity to feed high-grain and high-concentrate diets instead of relying on high-fiber diets has increased the incidence of colic.... Read More

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Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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Giving Omeprazole for Ulcers Intravenously

March 27, 2008

In the past few years, we've been hearing how many more horses have gastric ulcers than we used to think. We also know that oral omeprazole paste (GastroGard, manufactured by Merial Limited, Decatur, Ga.) effectively treats and prevents ulcers.... Read More

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Scoping Events Show Prevalence of Equine Gastric Ulcers

March 12, 2008

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) can occur in horses anywhere. In 2007, Merial (the maker of Ulcergard and Gastrogard) illustrated the prevalence of EGUS by hosting gastroscopy events at two universities on opposite sides of the country.... Read More

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Alfalfa Might Buffer Gastric Acid Production, Prevent Ulcers

December 19, 2007

Feeding grain, confinement, exercise, and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the on... Read More

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Makers of Succeed Unveil New Web Site on Digestive Health

November 01, 2007

A new Web site from Freedom Health, LLC offers information on the prevalence of equine ulcers and helps owners and trainers manage their horses for optimal overall health. The new site features study results, diagnostic options, and educational... Read More

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Monitoring Digestive Health in Horses: Fecal Blood Test Now Available

September 17, 2007

By using the Succeed Equine Fecal Blood Test, horse owners and veterinarians are able to detect occult blood within the GI tract--one obvious indicator of digestive distress.... Read More

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Health Problems of Young Horses in Training

August 01, 2007

Young horses in training are vulnerable to a wide variety of problems--everything from respiratory disease to training injuries. These horses are often taken off the farm where they grew up, transported to training facilities where they... Read More

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Ulcers Shown to Affect Horses with No Risk Factors

July 07, 2007

A study suggests that broodmares at pasture without the normal risk factors are likely to have ulcers, too.... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers: Management Key to Prevention

May 24, 2007

The reality is that gastric ulcers are a man-made disease, and the majority of horses with gastric ulcers do not show outward symptoms. Oftentimes poor appetite, decreased performance, and a poor hair coat are subtle symptoms... Read More

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Digestive Health: Food for Thought

April 01, 2007

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement.... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Repro Updates

March 23, 2007

Equine reproduction was covered at the 2006 AAEP Convention including foaling, venereal disease, breeding, etc... Read More

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Reproduction Problems

March 01, 2007

Drug compounding, the ethics of treating cryptorchids, and sexually transmitted diseases were the hot topics discussed by equine practitioners at the Reproduction Forum.... Read More

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Tips to Reduce Ulcer Risk and Improve Healing

February 05, 2007

It's been well-documented that over 90% of race horses and over 60% of performance horses (hunter/jumpers, dressage, endurance and western) have ulcers. However, a new study shows that even small changes in the routine of a recreational horse can cau... Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Research

October 01, 2006

Gastric ulcer disease is a serious health problem in horses resulting in colic, poor performance, and pain. The term equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) describes erosions and ulcerations occurring in the lower portion of the esophagus,... Read More

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Another Route For Ulcer Treatment

September 14, 2006

Omeprazole paste is the gold standard when it comes to treating equine gastric ulcers syndrome. However, researchers at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine said because of its potency and long-acting effect, an intravenous form... Read More