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Equine Gastric Ulcers: Good Nutrition Can Help

January 17, 2017 Uncategorized

Horses who suffer from gastric ulcers can be helped with good nutrition. Painful divots in the stomach lining often require medication, but supplements and better feed can help manage or heal those ulcers.

What is EGUS, and how can it be treated?

Equine Gastric Ulcers: Good Nutrition Can Help

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) can affect horses of any age. It can hit them in the stomach, esophagus, or other areas, causing distress and discomfort. Most horse caregivers understand acid, stress, (or maybe bacteria) causes equine gastric ulcer syndrome. However, the true cause remains a mystery.

Horses, like other mammals, produce stomach acid. The lining of their esophageal tracts and stomachs is protected by saliva and forage. If you’re only feeding large meals to your equine friend two or three times a day, his/her stomach is left empty for hours, creating a home for harmful acid. If your horse’s stomach is in this state, exercise could cause more damage.

By feeding your horse a proper diet throughout the day, you can prevent EGUS. If your animal develops lesions, medical help from a veterinarian is necessary, along with dietary changes.

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Equine Omega Complete has been shown to lower the risk of lesions and help them heal. EOC, which is a Non-GMO, high fat omega supplement, is specially formulated to lower inflammation in the digestive tract and allow your horse to absorb all the nutrients you are feeding them.

EOC naturally regulates stomach acid secretions to promote an increase of mucosal blood flow which promotes a healthy digestion system. In addition, the use of EOC significantly reduces the chances of colic.

How to avoid stomach lesions

● Use small-hole haynets to maximize time spent eating the feed
● Reduce stress or hyperactivity with low-starch feeds
● Do not trailer horses for long periods without hay.
● Do not have horses standing in stalls for long periods without food.
● Avoid over-consumption of grain by gradually introducing a high-fat supplement (e.g. Equine Omega Complete)
● Provide constant access to water
● Do everything you can to reduce stress in your horse’s life

Equine Gastric Ulcers: Good Nutrition Can Help

Something to keep in mind for brood mares and foals

Mares in large herds protecting foals are also high risk for ulcers. If foals are getting picked on, mares are at high risk for stress. Try to move them into a less stressful situation.

Always seek expert advice from an equine nutritionist or veterinarian. Supplements can be of great value to your horse’s health; make sure to purchase from a good supplier and follow the advice of medical professionals. Southern Equine Distributing carries Equine Omega Complete, a supplement that is highly recommended by vets across Canada and the USA to help with EGUS. Call us at (905) 691-5141