Equine America Uls-Gard Regular Solution
For horses an ponies prone to gastric ulcers.
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Equine Gastric Ulcers are caused by erosion of the horse’s stomach lining, due to prolonged exposure to acid produced by the stomach. They occur with a wide range of severity, from an inflamed but intact stomach lining, through to widespread erosion and bleeding. Gastric ulcers occur when aggressive factors in gastric juice – such as acid and digestive enzymes – overpower the protective factors in the stomach lining. As horses have evolved to be continually fed, acid is continually secreted into the stomach; this means that prolonged periods without food to neutralise that acid can lead to ulceration.
When horses are denied free access to feed or fail to eat, ulcers can develop rapidly.
Gastric ulceration is a serious yet common condition that can affect any horse – from the most sedate pony to performance and racehorses.
Studies indicate that gastric ulcers occur in up to:
• 37% of leisure horses
• 63% of performance horses
• 93% of racehorses
Foals are also at particular risk - around 50% of foals develop stomach ulcers, particularly in the first few months of life. Foals are known to secrete substantial amounts of gastric acid by 2 days of age, resulting in highly acidic stomach contents in between periods of time when they are nursing. As a foal’s stomach lining is thinner than that of an adult horse, it is particularly susceptible to damage.
As horses are ‘trickle feeders’ there is a continuous secretion of acid within the stomach, so prolonged periods without food to neutralise that acid can lead to ulceration. When horses are denied free access to feed or fail to eat, ulcers develop rapidly. Use of concentrated feeds may also contribute to ulcer risk by reducing the time spent feeding and increasing gastric levels.
It is difficult to recognize the signs of ulcers but they may include one or more of the following:
• Poor appetite
• Weight loss
• Poor performance
• Irritability when girthing up
• Poor condition including dull coat
• Behavioral changes
• Mild or recurrent colic
• Loose droppings
Ulser Gard works in four ways:
• By neutralizing acid in the stomach with effective anti-acids
• Soothing and coating the stomach lining
• Healing any underlying ulcers
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