A complementary feeding-stuff to support horses with gastric ulcers
Gastrointestinal ulcers are an unfortunate fact of life for many performance horses. Because ulcers can be so uncomfortable for horses, the temptation for their owners is to reach for the product that will offer the quickest relief, usually in the form of conventional drugs. However, these drugs block or buffer the horse’s stomach acid, which hinders digestion in the long term. Ten to fifteen percent of protein digestion depends on pepsin activity in the stomach and pepsin is only active in an acidic environment (i.e. when stomach acid is present). Stomach acid also acts as a defence against pathogenic bacteria colonizing the stomach and small intestine. While conventional drugs to offer immediate relief for the horse, they ultimately interfere with digestion and set the horse up for other long term problems.
Note: For any horse on conventional drugs we recommend the daily use of Pegus Digestaid 20g per day to support the digestive and gastric health of the horse.
The majority of horses with gastric ulcers do not Show outward clinical signs. They have more subtle signs, such as:
• Poor appetite
• Attitude changes
• Decreased performance
• Reluctance to train
• Poor body condition
• Poor hair coat
• Weight loss
• Excessive time spent lying down
• Low-grade colic
• Loose feces
Longer term prevention and treatment tips
As always, prevention is preferable to treatment. The following management techniques may assist in preventing ulcers:
•Feed horses frequently or on a free-choice basis (pasture). This helps to buffer the acid in the stomach and stimulate saliva production, nature’s best antacid.
•Reduce the amount of grain and concentrates use with Pegus Horsehealth Cubes and add alfalfa to the diet. Discuss any feed changes with your veterinarian or feed consultant so that medical conditions can be considered.
•Avoid or decrease the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
•Limit stressful situations such as intense training and frequent transporting.
•If horses must be stalled, allow them to see and socialize with other horses as well as have access to forage.
•Feed Pegus Digestaid powder in the feed 20 grm on a long term daily basis
•Feeding Gastro-Shield paste when needed
Feed one 80ml serving per day
– 40ml prior to morning feed
– 40ml prior to the evening feed
Feed for a minimum of 14 days or longer term as required or recommended by your veterinary surgeon.
Note: Fresh drinking water should always be available. Also ideally any horse with gastric ulceration should be feed Digestaid 20g per day on an ongoing basis in the feed. 10g in the morning and evening feed.
Analytical Constituents: Moisture 42.3%, Crude Ash 19.7%, Crude Protein 3.5%, Crude Oil & Fat 0.1%, Crude Fibre 1.6%, Sodium 0%. Comtocopherol – 3a700 160mg. Amino acids, their salts and analogues: Threonine 3.3.1 800mg. Gut Flora Stabilisers: Saccharomyces Cerevisiae 4b 1702 (NCYC Sc 47) 6X109cfu