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Ulcer Maintenance?

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  • Ulcer Maintenance?

    Recently scoped and treated with gg for ulcers. Of the meds for a month and behavior back so going to treat with 1/4 tube gg for two weeks. Need to figure out a maintenance plan for when I hope they are cleared up. After the gg I've been using Jeremiah ulcer repulse but clearly that isn't enough or the ulcers were not gone before ending the gg. New to this and it for my coming 3 yo filly. My happy girl was back and now the evil twin is resurfacing (or really the uncomfortable twin). We are taking training slowly but this really slows it down. I just want her happy so any experiences are helpful. TIA

  • #2
    I liked G.U.T. supplement and aloe juice as supplements.
    However the best thing to do is a diet overhaul. Remove corn and molasses (found in many grains) these irritate ulcers. Add at least some alfalfa, the calcium buffers the stomach acid.
    Tribute Kalm N EZ is a great grain for ulcer-prone horses if available in your area. No corn, no molasses, and contains a yeast for pre- and probiotics which help ulcers as well.
    Custom tack racks!


    • #3
      I've had success with ritetrac but it is quite pricey:

      I think my guy had stomach and hindgut ulcers, so if that is a concern for you, then I highly recommend.


      • #4
        I'd give the vet a call to consult with them what they think--this doesn't require a trip out but they will know the situation and can advise accordingly. IME it can take more than a month. Also depends a lot where the ulcers were in the GI. If a horse has ulcers in hind gut the ulcer meds like gastro guard don't get there. Sucralfate is often added to the treatment plan as it coats protects ulcerated mucas membrane. Sucralfate is the only thing found to reach the hind gut and it's pretty harmless stuff though you do need a Rx for it. As a cheaper alternative to GG or UG you can buy ranitidine at walmart and dissolve in water---give 3x perday. I've done the brand and a bunch of pills is still cheaper than vet rx higher mg tabs. Your vet would have to advise if appropriate and dosing schedule.

        I think you have to evaluate the horses situation and management carefully. Hoy much hay and pasture? Dry hay should be fed 2% total body weight, so around 20lbs a day min or freechoice. With ulcers, even if they have grass, the dry roughage of a grass or timothy hay is a good thing. Feed---no grains. Use something beet pulp based like triple crown senior or Fibremax. Or go to a ration balancer and soaked beet pulp. Consider alfalfa pellets or cubes of hay whatever have access too--high calcium content found to help buffer gut. Don't make the horse too fat or feed if gives loose ppopps, some get loose w alfalfa.

        is the horse in a lot. Is it pacing fence line acting up all day.---this stuff can lead to ulcers and stress.

        your vet will have to advise the best course but these are common things recommended. Also---probiotic. The only gut supplement I've heard people say really helps is Suceed. And maybe the SmartPak versions.


        • #5
          My mare was treated full dose GG for at least 2 months, rescoped this year and still has some slight evidence even on total fiber only diet and on gastrotech. So now have been using alfalfa lox by TC, we will see.