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    Default Abler omeprazole granules or tabs?

    Seems more cost effective to buy the tabs than the granules. Horse is not a picky eater. I bought the granules last time around but I want to "stock up" and it seems like tabs are cheaper.

    Any benefits to the granules over the tabs?
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    Just ease of administration. IME 9/10 will eat the granules with no problem at all, but fewer than half will eat the pills without a bunch of gymnastics to hide or disguise them. I don't have time for that nonsense.
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    I was wondering this myself a few months back. I stuck with the granules though because they were enteric coated which if what I have read on the subject has been correct, is necessary to get the drug to the appropriate point in the horse's digestive system for it to be effective.



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    I also vote for granules. From time to time I reduce my mare's dosage ... it's easier to do with granules.



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    I'm wondering if you couldn't sandwich the tabs in a bit of molasses/oatmeal cookie rather easily. Of course, my guy's a hoover, so...
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    I would think if the tabs were chewed in any way, what coating they might have would then be ineffective.

    Granules would be my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
    I would think if the tabs were chewed in any way, what coating they might have would then be ineffective.

    Granules would be my choice.
    Exactly. The human tabs must be swallowed whole. Once crushed, the drug is no longer enteric coated. I can't see how you could get a horse to swallow the tabs without crushing them.



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    I dunno, if my hoover thought it was just a cookie he very well might not chew it, ha!

    Yeah, probably bad plan overall.
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    Reviving this thread.........I'm treating with UlcerGuard now but will want something for prevention. Are the granules still the best? Is abler the most cost effective place to purchase?
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    I would gradually reduce the ulcergard and then put the horse on ranitidine. My vet has a great price on it and you can also use the Costco for humans feeding 20 pills 2-3 times per day.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Winding Down View Post
    I would gradually reduce the ulcergard and then put the horse on ranitidine. My vet has a great price on it and you can also use the Costco for humans feeding 20 pills 2-3 times per day.
    The management aspect of this is challenging for most people. Omeprazole is once a day. Ranitidine is 2-3 times a day. Not practical for most of us.



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    Quote Originally Posted by stryder View Post
    Ranitidine is 2-3 times a day.
    My gelding had to stay on Ranitidine for the latter part of his competitive career. my vet just called the Rx in to SmartPak & they not only ground it up for me, but added flavour. Yes, it cost a little extra, but after I spent 10 days grinding up pills & putting them in reused containers...it was worth it. He just got it with his meals at the boarding facility at the time.
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