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  • FEED FOR THOUGHT: HERBAL PREPARATIONS WHY ARE THEY EFFECTIVE IN TREATING ULCERS?
    2014-04-18



    Now that we understand the basic pharmacology of the medications commonly used in treating equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), let’s now look into the various herbal preparations available and why they are effective in treating ulcers. Herbal preparations have long been used to prevent, soothe, and repair gastric ulcers in the stomach, particularly amongst groups that commonly practice Chinese medicine. In veterinary medicine, many professionals and horse owners are turning to herbal preparations to treat ulcer cases where the horse does not respond or responds adversely to more commonly used medications, such as omeprazole or ranitidine, or when trying to prevent future cases of ulcers in ulcer-prone horses, such as those frequently competing, traveling, or in heavy work and living in less ideal situations for gut health.

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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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