GAS­TROSCOPY 101

What to ex­pect if your ve­teri­nar­ian sug­gests a gas­tro­scopic ex­am­i­na­tion

EQUUS - - Casereport -

Did you know two out of three non-rac­ing com­pet­i­tive horses have stom­ach ul­cers? How do you know if your horse has stom­ach ul­cers? Signs such as poor per­for­mance, de­creased ap­petite, re­cur­rent colic or poor body con­di­tion2 may point to stom­ach ul­cers, but how do you get a defini­tive di­ag­no­sis? 12 hours and wa­ter for four hours. The ab­sence of food residue will help to ac­cu­rately view the horse’s stom­ach. To help keep your horse at ease dur­ing the gas­troscopy, your ve­teri­nar­ian will prob­a­bly check vi­tal signs and lightly se­date your horse be­fore be­gin­ning the ex­am­i­na­tion.

Post-Scope

If ul­cers are found, your ve­teri­nar­ian may rec­om­mend a course of treat­ment with GASTROGARD (omepra­zole), the only proven and FDA-ap­proved prod­uct for the treat­ment of equine stom­ach ul­cers. Fol­low­ing treat­ment, it is pos­si­ble for ul­cers to re­turn, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing times of stress. To pre­vent re­cur­rence, ad­min­is­ter ULCERGARD (omepra­zole), the only proven and FDA-ap­proved prod­uct to pre­vent stom­ach ul­cers.

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