Dietary control of gastric ulcers in horses

Dietary control of gastric ulcers in horses

Andy E Durham European Specialist in Equine Medicine, Liphook Equine Hospital, discusses potential strategies for long-term control

We have a reasonable understanding of drug therapy for equine gastric ulcers, but what happens when the course has finished? We must then have a strategy for long-term control wherever possible.

The equine stomach is divided by the margo plicatus into the relatively unspecialised upper squamous mucosa and the lower highly specialised glandular mucosa. Certain areas of the stomach are predisposed to gastric lesions, and, in adult horses, these comprise the squamous mucosa close to the margo . . .

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