Equine ulcer treatment
Veterinarians who study ulcers say that nearly 90% of our horses have and suffer from gastrointestinal ulceration. Some symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress are:
- Weight Loss
- Body Soreness / Sensitivity over the sides
- Cinchiness or girthiness
Common signs of reoccurring ulcers are:
- Dead sided
- Stall walking
- Teeth grinding
Dr. Mark recommends a 10 day treatment with an omeperazole product in conjunction with a natural digestive health supplement that is fed daily such as Excel. This may be used long term without the possible build up of aluminum, found in daily antacids, which may create a metal toxicity. It is mixed with brewer’s yeast and fenugreek to make it more palatable to the horse.
Excel also contains Aloe Vera Powder and Marshmallow Root Powder, promote overall digestive health and help to reduce the negative side effects of gastric upset. They work well with the prebiotic, Zorien® MOS, to allow increased absorption of needed nutrients from food.
Ginger has been historically used as a natural preservative and to relieve inflammation. It also assists with nutritional absorption, as well as encouraging the decrease of gas, bloating, and indigestion.
Psyllium Husk Powder has long been recognized as an excellent means of getting more dietary fiber and promoting colon health. Psyllium forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon, which keeps the bowels soft and regular. This mass also helps absorb toxins.
Slippery Elm Bark Powder resists breakdown from stomach acids and enzymes so it maintains a soothing action throughout the digestive system. In addition, it helps regulate bacteria in the intestine and enhances good gut flora. Marshmallow Root is a mucilaginous extract that promotes soothing.