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- What are equine gastric ulcers?
- How do gastric ulcers develop?
- Which horses get gastric ulcers?
- Why are foals at particular risk?
- How can I tell if my horse has gastric ulcers?
- Can gastric ulcers easily be treated?
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What are equine gastric ulcers?
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome describes the erosion of the horse’s stomach lining, due to prolonged exposure to the acid produced by the stomach1.
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome spans a wide spectrum of severity, from an inflamed but intact stomach lining, through to widespread erosion and bleeding1. In extreme circumstances the condition develops to such an extent that perforation of the stomach can occur, and this can be fatal. Such fatalities most commonly occur in foals, rather than adult horses2.
A 4-point scoring system has been developed by vets to help classify the severity of equine ulcers, in which grades 2 or above are considered clinically significant3.