Relocating the horse with an ulcer hx- protocol for UlcerGard or ranitidine?
Six months ago, my horse developed ulcers after three months of bute and a relocation. He was successfully treated with GastroGard and now lives on SmartGut Ultra at vet's recommendation and as much free choice hay as he cares to eat, which is a lot. He is about to relocate again in the upcoming weeks and although he tends to be very blase about travel in all respects and his routine will be the same, I'd prefer not to do another month of GastroGard after the fact. So: UlcerGard? Ranitidine? I was thinking start 3 or 4 days before the move, continue 3 or 4 days after?
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I would assume the original ulcers were from the bute, not the relocation (though that may have absolutely aggravated things).
3 months of bute pretty much guarantees ulcers. Period. He should have been on 2x daily ranitidine then
But, it's cheap enough to do a course of ranitidine for the upcoming move. Every 12 hours should be fine, I'd start 3-4 days before and continue for maybe a week after, just so he's getting help while he's settling in.
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