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    If I were to put a horse on a month of ranitidine and the doseage is 6.6mg per kg three times a does anyone know how many for a 1200lbs horse? I am terrible with equations, any wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    Well, I am no math wizard either, but my 1000 lb gelding gets 3000 mg (20 150 mg pills) per dose. So, that is 2 pills per 100 pounds, so I guess you could go with 24 150 mg pills per dose?
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    • #3
      I came up with the same 24 pills doing more calculations.
      The Units program says that 1200 lb is 544.31 kg. If I
      multiply that times 6.6, I get 3592. I decided to round
      that to 3600. Then divided by 150 (the number of
      mg in each pill) and get 24 so 24 pills (at 150 mg size)
      are what the 1200 pound horse needs.

      A long way of saying that 2 pills per 100 pounds is a
      pretty good and fairly easy way to calculate the dose.
      Last edited by Robin@DHH; Jan. 15, 2010, 10:10 PM.
      Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
      Elmwood, Wisconsin

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        #4
        Wow thankyou! I have wanted to run a course of gastrogard for my stall bound horse who has been on daily bute but it is so expensive I am considering ranitdine. Does anyone know if they have to be fed in a syringe or can be fed grinded up and put in beet pulp? Also what about I was wondering about how well ranitdine is absorded?

        Thankyou, very appreciated!

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        • #5
          I think it depends on the horse as to how they will eat it. Mine, I have to grind them up (got a great pill grinder from SmartPak), add rasberry jello mix and hot water, put in a syringe, and dose him up that way. He gets dosed before I feed him (verified this with the vet).

          I did just speak to my vet about this (horse became picky about eating - story in another post in this forum), and asked about the Gastroguard route, and she said she has actually seen faster results with the ranitidine, within a day or two max, and she was right, he was back to eating after the second dose. Right now mine is on it 3 times a day, will cut him back to 2 times a day if he continues to eat well after this weekend.

          I don't know anything about how well it is absorbed, but it worked well for my 13 year old daughter also, when she was having stomach issues.
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            #6
            that would be 75 pills a day for full treatment every eight hours?

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            • #7
              Well, actually only 72. Not cheap if you are buying them from your local pharmacy or drug store, so check with your vet to see what prices they offer, or if they can write you an Rx and order from an online pharmacy (I used to order mine from Smartpak until my local vet's prices were cheaper).
              There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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              • #8
                I get 3600 mg (no rounding) for a 1200-lb horse. That's based on a conversion of 2.2046 lb per kg.

                Are they little pills. Amazingly enough, some horses will just eat the pills. I have a friend who was a barn manager and she said she fed most stuff that was in little pill form that way. Or you can grind them up and mix with applesauce and syringe it.
                The Evil Chem Prof

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Peggy View Post
                  I get 3600 mg (no rounding) for a 1200-lb horse. That's based on a conversion of 2.2046 lb per kg.

                  Are they little pills. Amazingly enough, some horses will just eat the pills. I have a friend who was a barn manager and she said she fed most stuff that was in little pill form that way. Or you can grind them up and mix with applesauce and syringe it.
                  Yep, got the same calc ulation here. Which would be 12 300mg or 24 150mg tabs. I'd just add the pills to his feed (few handfuls of grain or beet pulp etc) Otherwise, you could grind them in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, mix in water, and then syringe in the mouth.
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                    #10
                    buying them here will cost me more than gastrogard and I would prefer gastrogard. I am going to see if walmart has them. I have seen appetite changes and temperment changes and am concerned. Does anyone the least expensive place to buy ranitdine?

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                    • #11
                      Fharoah, I'm not sure where you are but do you have Costco?

                      My vet called in a prescription to Costco and I just picked up 720 300 mg pills for $37.80.

                      We've just done a month of Gastroguard (what a life saver) and I'm a bit nervous about not having any on hand and only going with the ranitidine.

                      I'm not even sure how I'm going to get them down him quite yet. I appreciate hearing how other people feed them.

                      I don't think my boy will eat them unless ground up and hidden in other stuff. That will be the easiest.

                      If that doesn't work I'll have to syringe it in, mixed with something. I like the idea of jello.

                      Any suggestions on flavors of jello? My boy is weird....he doesn't like apples, strawberries, watermelon or bananas. Crazy, huh?

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                      • #12
                        Try a coffee grinder instead of a pill crusher- it works great.

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                        • #13
                          I find the coffee grinder makes too much "dust", and using the pill crusher helps keep my arms toned!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by blue&blond View Post
                            If that doesn't work I'll have to syringe it in, mixed with something. I like the idea of jello.

                            Any suggestions on flavors of jello? My boy is weird....he doesn't like apples, strawberries, watermelon or bananas. Crazy, huh?
                            Mine loves Raspberry flavor the best. Also, I buy it in bulk (Royal brand) on Amazon - you can get it by the case cheaper than buying it in the grocery store.

                            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

                            That is a "red" assortment, raspberry, cherry and strawberry, all of which are acceptable to my picky eater. He likes it so much that I can dose him without a halter on, he just opens up as soon as I show him the syringe.
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