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Gastrogard Paste

Gastrogard Paste for horses

What are Gastrogard syringes
Gastrogard contains the acive ingredient omeprazole. Gastrogard paste is licensed for the treament and prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. Gastrogard is a POM-V category medicine and is only available for purchase from an online vet pharmacy upon receipt of a valid veterinary prescript...

Gastrogard Paste for horses

What are Gastrogard syringes
Gastrogard contains the acive ingredient omeprazole. Gastrogard paste is licensed for the treament and prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. Gastrogard is a POM-V category medicine and is only available for purchase from an online vet pharmacy upon receipt of a valid veterinary prescription.

How does Gastrogard work?
Gastrogard is used for the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcers develop when there is an errosion of the normal lining of the stomach. This can occur for a number of resons such as stress, particularly in young athletic horses or following transport, drug administration (such as Bute or Danilon), following a general anaesthetic or as a result of diseases such as kidney failure. Gastrogard contains omeprazole as an active ingredient. Omeprazole is known as a proton pump inhibitor and casues an increase in the pH of the stomach (reduced acidity). This prevents ulceration from occuring and allows stomach ulcers to heal.

What are the symtoms of stomach ulcers in horses?
Horses can show a variety of different symptoms as they develop ulcers. Some horses will have gastric ulceration but show no symptoms at all. Others will lose weight or show a reduced appetite. Some horses may demonstrate reduced performance competitively or show pain (e.g grunting or even aggressive behaviour) as the girth strap is placed. Sometimes vets will prescribe gastrogard to prevent ulcers from developing, e.g. before a long journey or prior to surgery.

How are gastric ulcers diagnosed?
Stomach ulcers can be suspected on the basis of clinical signs, activity and the signalement of the horse. The only way to definitively diagnose gastric ulceration is to directly visualise the ulcerated stomach. This is done using a procedure known as gastroscopy, when a camera (flexible endoscope) is passed into the horse's stomach via the nostrol, usually under sedation. This gives the vet the opportunity to collect biopsies from the stomach lining in order to make a definitive diagnosis.

A Veterinary Pet Prescription is Required for GastroGard

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