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  • Feed For Thought: What are some common medications used for the treatment of ulcers?
    2014-04-04



    Equine gastic ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a highly prevalent condition in the modern horse. Fortunately, there are numerous chemical and herbal treatments now available on the market that are proven effective in tackling this frustrating disease. That being said, a change in management is often needed to help keep ulcer-prone horses healthy and productive in their day to day activities. Since such a large number of treatments are available, we will discuss chemical treatments in this Feed For Thought and herbal treatments in the next to properly address all options available to horse owners.

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  • FEED FOR THOUGHT: WHY DOES ALFALFA HELP PREVENT GASTRIC ULCERS?
    2014-03-19



    Whenever one is looking to address or prevent equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), often times the daily ration is examined carefully along with changes in daily management. In recent years, alfalfa has become touted as something to include in a horse’s daily diet to help prevent ulcers. This theory began with a study performed by the University of Tennessee that examined which diet would cause ulcers: alfalfa hay with textured grain or brome hay with no grain (Nadeau et al., 2000). While the researchers believed that the incidence of ulcers would be higher in the grain-consuming group, they were quite surprised when the opposite was true and the alfalfa-containing ration combined with grain prevailed.

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  • Feed For Thought: WHY DOES INCREASING FEED FREQUENCY HELP PREVENT GASTRIC ULCERS?
    2014-02-28



    One of the most common syndromes found in sport horses today is equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) or more commonly referred to as just “ulcers.” Gastric ulcers are lesions in the lining of the stomach, ranging from minor irritations or “pinpoint” ulcers to full perforation (Davis, 2006). Since the symptoms as often vague, such as decreased performance or changes in attitude, ulcers can easily be misdiagnosed.

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