·Does your horse have unexplained weight loss or struggle maintaining weight?
·Is he or she unhappy about being tacked up (especially girthing) or having belly straps done up on their rug?
·Is their coat a bit dull?
·Are they showing abnormal behavioural issues when being ridden e.g. lots of tail swishing, crabbing, bucking/napping?
Have you thought about the possibility that they may have gastric ulcers?
In July we will be running our Gastroscopy clinics, which will include one week of free treatment for any horse diagnosed with ulcers. We are timing the clinics to help horses with ulcers be diagnosed during times of increased workload and athletic function so we can optimise their healthcare and comfort. This in turn helps obtain better results from both a pleasure riding and competitive riding perspective.
This is a view of a horse's stomach region called the "pylorus", with ulcers showing as bright red sores.
What is Gastroscopy?
This is a picture from inside a horse's stomach. There is some food material at the bottom of the picture.
Gastroscopy is the diagnostic test that involves passing a flexible camera down the horse’s oesophagus via their nose and into the stomach. This allows us to see the inside of the horse’s stomach and look for any signs of ulcers.
üHorses are sedated to reduce anxiety and stress and ease camera passage
üTakes around 15 – 20 minutes
What are the advantages of Gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is the only diagnostic test available that is definitive for equine gastric ulcers.
üReliable and straightforward test
üDistinguish between squamous and glandular ulcers
It is important to identify the location of the ulcers as the recommended management and treatment is dependent on the location and severity.
Take advantage of our gastroscopy clinic offer!
To book your horse in today please phone us on 08458 330034.
Kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingleheim
We now have a new Pergolide product in stock to treat Cushing's disease. It comes in a very palatable paste form andis great for those smaller ponies on lower dose rates e.g. less than half a tablet or those who struggle to administer the tablet form. Please contact the office for more information.
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