Equine Gastric Ulcers

by Jordan Manfredi
Gastric ulcers affect up to 90% of racehorses and 60% of show horses. Ulcers are the result of erosion of the stomach lining due to prolonged exposure to the normal acid in the horses stomach. A horse's stomach continually secretes acid, which can result in excess acid when a horse is not eating continually due to there being no feed to neutralize the acid. This is a particular problem for horses that are in box stalls most of the time. In the wild horses graze constantly. Thus the stomach always contains food which acts to neutralize the acids. Stall confinement, high grain diets, traveling, strenuous exercise and chronic administration of non-steroidal-anti inflammatory drugs do contribute to gastric ulcers in horses. Products such as GastroMax3 can work in preventing gastric ulcers in horses. The active ingredient in GastroMax3, omerprazole, sodium acid carbonate, and l-glutamine have been extensively tested for safety and effectiveness. This trio of active ingredients can work together in reducing and neutralizing acid in the horse's stomach. Gastromax3 is highly recommended to be used during stressful events or activities that may cause gastric stress.

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