How You Can Minimise The Risk of Gastric & Hindgut Ulcers in Horses
Are you noticing the following issues with your horse?
• recurring lack of appetite
• intermittent fever
• colic bouts
• occasional edema (on the belly resulting from a loss of protein in the blood)
• weight loss
• thin body condition.
Chances are your horse may be suffering from hindgut ulcers. Other symptoms can include, colic, diarrhea, lethargy and poor performance.
Ulcers are common in performance horses and in a study conducted in 2005 by Franklin L. Pellegrini (DVM), it was concluded that somewhere between 44 & 60 per cent of horses have some form of colonic ulceration. A higher percentage was noted in performance horses.
The symptoms of gastric ulcers and hindgut ulcers are very similar and so it can be difficult to determine whether or not your horse has one or the other.
So what are colonic ulcers?
They are a depression in the lining of the colon. Particularly, hindgut ulcers can be quite difficult to diagnose and will require an ultrasound. The thickness of the colon’s outer wall will determine the severity of the problem.
Typically, horses are meant to graze on small amounts of feed throughout the day to maintain generally good gut health where bacteria will ferment the grass and provide the nutrients to feed the horses system.
The modern lifestyle of a performance horse does not always allow this to happen on a daily basis and this is when issues can occur with the horses gut health.
Another way to find out whether or not the horse has a hindgut ulcer is to have blood work done.
What the vet will be looking for is low protein levels in the blood, typically albumin. Albumin is the primary protein and if this count is low then this will be an indicator of a hindgut ulcer.
Another way to diagnose a hindgut ulcer is to monitor the horses globulin concentration. Horses with colonic ulcers also tend to be mildly anaemic, so a hemogram will be able to detect this as well.
There is a range of Equine products from NatuVet, that are revolutionising preventative treatments for these issues in horses.
Ulca Pro has been formulated specifically to treat gastritis, gastric ulcers and/or hindgut ulcers (or suspected ulcers) in horses. It can also be used as a preventative to reduce the risk of reoccurrence of these types of ulcers and also to prevent digestive issues in higher risk situations.
NatuVet Ulca Pro has a very unique blend of herbs, nutritionals, probiotics and digestive enzymes to provide an anti inflammatory for the animal. Additionally, it provides healing and soothing properties for the digestive tract.
Specifically, you can administer Ulca Pro to your animal when travelling, during periods of stress, to boost the immune system and after a course of antibiotics and/or anti inflammatory medication.
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