Symptoms in adult horses:
poor body condition
loss of appetite
stress (i.e. weaning, travel)
high grain, low forage diet
long periods between meals
certain drug treatments
There are many treatments that range from just treating symptoms to actually healing the ulcers.
Antacids work by neutralizing the acid in the stomach. Trade names: NeighLox and U-gard Antacids can be used daily.
Coating or binding agents are medications that bind to the surface of a gastric ulcer to protect and promote healing (Sucralfate and Pepto-Bismol).
Acid blocking drugs work by preventing acid secretion by cells in the stomach lining.
Omeprazole (trade name Gastrogard and Ulcergard)
Ranitidine (trade name Zantac)
Cimetidine (trade name Tagamet) Acid blocking drugs are usually given once or twice a day for a minimum of 28 days.
Helpful management changes:
avoid stall confinement
constant access to hay
reduce high protein grain in the diet
add corn oil to diet
avoid isolating horse from herdmates
increased pasture grazing time
avoid frequent changes in lifestyle (i.e. change in pasturemates, stable, diet)
gastric ulcer on the lining of stomach as seen through an endoscope
Symptoms in foals:
abdominal pain or colic
laying on back