Ulcer advice – any supplement suggestions?

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  • WWGMD Original Poster WWGMD
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    My mare has been acting really girthy and cranky lately, and she went off her grain, which is really unusual because she used to wolf her dinner down. I think she has ulcers, and the vet is coming out to check, but I was wondering if anyone has had success with any ulcer supplements?

    SAcres
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    Abler omerprazole. Essentially the same stuff as Ulcergard but much cheaper.

    It is nicknamed “blue pop rocks” on most horse forums. If you google “blue pop rocks equine” you should get a lot of info on them. I’m currently using them for one of my guys who has been on/off meds all summer thanks to a never ending lymphangitis episode.

    Be warned though, they are from overseas so your credit card company may flag them as fraud. They however are a legitimate company, have lots of US business, so just put the charge through.

    Sundance Acres
    home to 6 overly spoiled, fat, shiny, adorable horses, and 4 cute barn kitties

    ridetowin
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    My personal horse as well as many others throughout my show barn have had ulcers. I truly believe that the ONLY way to cure an ulcer is to use the prescribed medication, UlcerGard. It is costly, but it is effective. After the UlcerGard course is over, then you can look into some supplements to support your horse’s stomach health and prevent her from getting another ulcer. Also, bananas are a healthy, tasty treat that can prevent ulcers and promote a healthy lining in your horse’s intestine. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet, the team at Smartpak, and fellow riders around the barn for more help. Good luck!

    SAcres
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    My personal horse as well as many others throughout my show barn have had ulcers. I truly believe that the ONLY way to cure an ulcer is to use the prescribed medication, UlcerGard. It is costly, but it is effective. After the UlcerGard course is over, then you can look into some supplements to support your horse’s stomach health and prevent her from getting another ulcer. Also, bananas are a healthy, tasty treat that can prevent ulcers and promote a healthy lining in your horse’s intestine. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet, the team at Smartpak, and fellow riders around the barn for more help. Good luck!

    Not true.

    1) ulcergard is OTC so it isn’t actually prescribed.

    2) there are other ulcer medications available, such as ranidine, or for hind gut ulcers sucralfate. Both are viable treatments.

    3) the active ingredient in Ulcergard is omperprazole, which is also in the Abler product. What makes Ulcergard so successful in healing ulcers is its enteric coating which allows the product to make it through the stomach acid. The abler product has the same coating. Although I won’t go as far as to say it is essentially the same product, it is very similar, at a fraction of the cost. Many people have had success with it.

    To manage ulcers from a horse care standpoint… free choice hay, alfalfa, and a low stress lifestyle.

    Sundance Acres
    home to 6 overly spoiled, fat, shiny, adorable horses, and 4 cute barn kitties

    Michelle Michelle
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    I went through a very rough time with my gelding when he developed ulcers. They were confirmed by gastroscope at my vet hospital. I treated with Ulcergard and then switched to a generic Omeprazole for a solid 6 months. At the end of that time I had him re-scoped and he had very few, minimal ulcerations. I put him on the product Succeed, which I had very good success with. In the worst of his ulcers, he wouldn’t touch grain, period. He would only eat hay and grass. He has always been on 24/7 turnout, which is recommended for ulcery horses– but being an endurance horse, he needed more calories. I cut back his grain significantly, to 1/4 scoop day and night, and put him on a ration balancer pellet. When I need to add calories, I add a scoop of Fat Cat to his feed. After a year on Succeed, he was still eating wonderfully, performing at the top of his game, and about that time SmartPak came out with their SmartDigest Ultra. I switched him from Succeed to SmartDigest Ultra (at almost half the cost), and he has been thriving on that. Last fall, we won the Arabian US National Championship CTR– he looked and felt just perfect. I have since started my mare on SmartDigest Ultra, to prevent any problems before they start– and I keep my gelding on it–and swear by it. I *highly* recommend treating first, scope, and see how bad of a problem you are dealing with. Once your horse is eating well again, go for the SmartDigest Ultra. You won’t be sorry. I know many people will recommend SmartGut, or other antacids, but I learned in my trial and error period with my horse that it was better not to mess with the acid/base balance of his GI Tract in creating a “rebound” acid effect when the antacid wears off. I am a nurse, and have brought a lot of my knowledge of human medicine to the table here, so this is only my opinion. I wish you all the best in treating your mare and bringing her back to optimal health. There’s no greater feeling than seeing your happy, healthy horses enjoying their lives.

    ridetowin
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    You are right about UlcerGard being OTC, my apologies. As for the similarities between UlcerGard and the Abler product, in my personal experiences I’ve found UlcerGard is very reliable and when I said I believe it is the only method of curing an ulcer, I meant I trust it to get the job done the first time while I have seen several horse owners use ranidine in ineffective ways that don’t completely cure the ulcer. I’m sorry for the confusion and I’m sorry if I upset you or anyone in any way.

    northwestprincess northwestprincess
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    After ulcergard I have kept my horse on a product called “equinze zyme plus from earthsongranch.com, all natural, combo of pro-biotics, colostrum, beta glucans, vitamin c, digestive enzymes. My arab, who is a teeth grinding worrier, has done much better, no more biting his side, over all calmer, no going off his feed and less of a gut, yes, he is a way easy keeper! You can check earth song ranch on facebook also ~~~

    crimsonsky
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    while i have yet to personally use this product, i know quite a few people that have had amazing results with it:

    Pacta sunt servanda.

    crimsonsky
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    while i have yet to personally use this product, i know quite a few people that have had amazing results with it:

    apparently my link doesn’t show up…

    Excel

    Pacta sunt servanda.

    MichelleMessina
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    I had great success with U guard after my gelding coliced last spring and also was diagnosed with ulcers. I only used it for a short time, now I use aloe juice and pro biotics and he’s a new man! Just make sure your pro bio is parts per billion, not thousands or millions.

    Put your ass on some class, ride a Thoroughbred.

    kirsten_lotter
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    Hmmm, actually I am under the impression that Carafate coats the ulcers in the stomach creating a temporary bandaid to assist in healing and is most effective when used along with Omeprazole. As far as the Omeprazole debate goes, in my experience the knock offs do not work as well as GastroGard or UlcerGard. My horse has a big problem with ulcers so I now only use the Merial products. I have tried the others with marginal results.

    Dragon Tea Dragon Tea
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    I have probably tried every supplement from succeed to ulcergard, omeprozole liquid, gastrogard, etc.

    I will tell you out of all the supplements ulcer guard worked the fastest and the best. It’s expensive but if you find them at a show or talk to your vet a lot of the time you can get a mail in rebate. I just got my rebate money back over the summer from my last purchase.

    It’s expensive but it works.

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/ulcergard-2668p.aspx

    lisa_wilson
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    I had a problem with ulcers with my OTTB after having to use Dexamethasone for a bit. Ulcerguard/Gastroguard worked, but It was tough to afford in the middle of winter. I ended up putting him on papaya puree for a few months and now he is currently on SmartDigest every month. He is back to his old self now, has has no ulcer issues since March, and he eats like a hog. Safe to say he will never go off of SmartDigest

    Odie4Me Odie4Me
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    My horse has struggled with ulcers as well. He is on U-Guard pellets as well as SmartGut Ultra. I also give him a small amount of a complete feed, and he gets beet pulp(soaked) which seems to help his stomach. He is also out on grass all day which I know is difficult for a lot of people to find for their horses. If your horse can’t be out all day, it really does help if you provide hay frequently, even if it is a pain. The Smartpak people are very helpful as well and most importantly, ask your vet who knows your horse, knows the feed you give and the environment your horse is in for the best treatment. Good Luck.

    kindle kindle
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    we have a rescue retired race horse in that is having colic like symptoms every few weeks, but is not colic. we have had 3 vets check the liver, the guts and etc, with blood testings and enzyme testings, and even had drug reaction testings, as there was drugs used on this horse at the track. etc etc.

      a long ordeal to discovery

    . no ulcer, no colic, no reason for the painful occurrences with this horse as to why these symptoms, at least from the professional medical stand point, the first thought was liver damages, but that wasn’t found to be so either.
    smart pak puts out a gut supplement, called “smartGut” pellet. its not an over night success, but its helping, and beginning to work for this horses with the mysterious colic symptoms that is not colic.
    another friend had a horse that colic and had surgery too (the worse thing to have to happen for any horse), and her continued to have colic issues even after surgery. she has tried the smart gut also and has a great amount of success with recovery for her horse as well. so my recommendation is the smart gut, but be patient and give it time to work for your horse.

    what was once every few weeks of symptom attacks has not been seen in 2 months now with the smart gut program. it comes in pellet or paste tube. we pray that this health improving continues to keep going for these two horses with two different gut problems.

    "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." - Kenneth Blanchard

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