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Beat Ulcers


If your horse has been diagnosed with gastric ulcers, talk with your veterinarian about starting him on this 3-step plan to stop ulcers and keep his stomach healthy and happy.

Challenge #4

Difficulty: Medium
Homework: Talk with your vet

1. Treat Ulcers

GastroGard® (omeprazole) is the only medication approved by the FDA to treat equine stomach ulcers.

2. Maintain Stomach Health

SmartGut® Ultra is proven in a university-led research study to maintain stomach health in horses under stress.

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3. Prevent New Ulcers

UlcerGard® (omeprazole) is the only non-prescription medication approved by the FDA to prevent equine stomach ulcers, making it the right choice during stressful events, like horse shows.


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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome is a painful condition that affects 60% of performance horses and occurs when a horse’s stomach lining is exposed to harsh gastric acids.


Because your horse’s body was designed for constant grazing (about 17 hours per day!), his stomach was never meant to be empty. But modern horsekeeping often means a diet that’s composed of infrequent meals of hay and grain. This schedule leaves your horse’s stomach empty and his stomach lining exposed to gastric acids. The stress of training, traveling, and competing can also increase your horse’s risk of developing gastric ulcers.


The only way to accurately diagnose an ulcer is with an endoscopic exam performed by your veterinarian. However, there are some warning signs you can watch out for, including:

  • Reluctance to eat or drink
  • Worsening attitude
  • Less-than-optimal performance
  • Dull hair coat
  • Weight loss
  • Agitation at feeding time
  • Mild, recurrent colic

®GASTROGARD and ULCERGARD are registered trademarks of Merial.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined. CAUTION: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined.

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