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Part 3 - Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome: Prevention and Diet - Mad Barn - Vet Talk
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Every horse-owner dreads the diagnosis of gastric ulcers in their horse. Sure, having an answer to their horse’s recent changes in behavior or performance is reassuring, but treatment isn’t a “one and done” deal like it is with so many other diseases. Ulcers can keep coming back….

Implementing management and dietary changes to prevent ulcer recurrence is often recommended. This can feel like a really overwhelming task for so many – what management changes matter? How can diet changes be made without risking weight loss? What if you can’t avoid certain risk factors?

Join Dr. Fran Rowe, one of Mad Barn’s Veterinary Nutritionists, for Part 3 of a three-part series on Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome! In this third and final video, Dr. Rowe discusses prevention strategies and dietary changes that help manage horses at risk for gastric ulcers.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is a common condition that affects horses of all breeds and disciplines. It refers to the presence of inflammation and erosive lesions in the mucosal layer of the stomach, ranging from mild inflammation to more severe ulcerations.

Gastric ulcers can form in the squamous or glandular regions of the stomach (or both at the same time). But the mechanisms behind ulcer formation in these two regions are different. Therefore, the treatment and prevention strategies are also different! This is why it is so important to get an accurate diagnosis if you suspect that your horse has ulcers.

Prevention is equally as important as proper diagnosis and treatment. Ulcer recurrence is really common in susceptible horses, particularly if those underlying risk factors aren’t addressed. Even making a few small changes can have a big impact for the ulcer-prone horse!

Haven’t seen Parts 1 and 2 yet? Go ahead and do that now! Part 1 covers the d