Which is better UlcerGard or GastroGard?

Both cost exactly the same per syringe. The only differences between the two are product name and labeling: ULCERGARD is labeled for prevention of gastric ulcers at a dose of 1/4 syringe administered daily. GASTROGARD is labeled for treatment of gastric ulcers at a dose of 1 syringe administered daily.

Do you have to have a prescription for GastroGard?

GastroGard is a prescription drug. UlcerGard is the FDA approved omeprazole product manufactured by Merial for the prevention of gastric ulcer formation in horses. It is also packaged as a paste in a tube for oral administration.

How long does it take for Ulcergard to work?

Omeprazole takes several days to fully decrease stomach acid (increase the pH). Therefore vets don’t expect to see improvement in pain and other signs of gastric ulcers until day 3. The healing course for ulcers is 2-4 weeks of treatment. Four weeks is usually recommended.

How much does GastroGard cost?

ITEM ITEMSIZE SIZEPRICE MAP PRICE Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) is the lowest advertised price allowed by the manufacturer.
Item: 533RXSize: Box of 7 6 gm tubes$262.99
Item: 353RXSize: Box of 14 6 gm tubes$530.99

Does GastroGard need to be refrigerated?

on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Store at 68°F – 77°F (20-25°C).

Should GastroGard be given on an empty stomach?

If you’re treating a horse with GastroGard, Slovis recommends giving it to the horse on an empty stomach. “Research has shown in animals that if you give GastroGard on a full stomach, you might not get the increase in pH that you want because the stomach doesn’t absorb it as well on a full stomach,” he said.

Does Gastrogard treat hindgut ulcers?

There is only one FDA-approved drug for the treatment of ulcers of any kind in horses: Gastrogard, specifically for treatment of gastric ulcers in horses. There are no FDA-approved drug remedies for colonic ulcers in horses.

Will horse ulcers heal on their own?

With the proper diet, many equine ulcers will heal on their own. Maintaining an ulcer-care diet can ensure the problems do not resurface and keep the horse healthy, well-fed, and ulcer-free.

How long does omeprazole take to work in horses?

Peak absorption of omeprazole from the gastrointestinal tract into the circulation occurs around 60 minutes so the horse should remain unfed for 30 to 60 minutes after administration. Start treating horses with only 2 mg/kg omeprazole per day.

Will UlcerGard heal ulcers?

o Omeprazole (Gastrogard/Ulcergard) is the only FDA approved medication for the treatment of gastric ulcers in horses. It is a proton pump inhibitor, which means that it works by decreasing the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach. It can be used both for treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers.

What is the best ulcer medicine for horses?

There is currently only one pharmaceutical treatment – omeprazole – approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for gastric ulcers in horses. Omeprazole is available as a paste formulation and has been very effective in preventing and treating gastric ulceration in all types of horses.

How long can a horse stay on omeprazole?

Treatment typically lasts up to four weeks or 28 days. It may be recommended to continue treatment for another four weeks at a lower dose (2 mg/kg body weight). This extended treatment plan is designed to wean your horse off of omeprazole slowly to reduce the risk of acid rebound.

When should UlcerGard be administered?

One daily administration of ULCERGARD is recommended in horses exposed to stressful conditions which may include: training, racing, showing, traveling, stall confinement, and competition.

How many days do you give UlcerGard?

* Duration of 8 or 28 days
Less than 600 lbsConsult a veterinarian
600-1200 lbs1 dose per day
over 1200 lbs2 doses once per day

How long should you wait to feed after giving GastroGard?

It is imperative that this medication is not mixed with feed when administered and is given directly into the mouth. It is also advised to with-hold feed 30 minutes either side of giving Gastrogard, to maximise effect of the drug.

What can I give my horse to prevent ulcers?

Alfalfa-hay is a good choice for reducing ulcer risk in horses that require an energy-dense diet. It has a buffering effect in the stomach due to its higher protein and calcium content. Horses fed alfalfa-hay had a healthy stomach pH and lower number and severity of gastric ulcers compared to bromegrass hay.

How do you use Gastrogard paste?

Make sure the horse’s mouth contains no feed. Remove the cover from the tip of the syringe, and insert the syringe into the horse’s mouth at the interdental space. Depress the plunger until stopped by the knurled ring. The dose should be deposited on the back of the tongue or deep into the cheek pouch.

What are the symptoms of ulcers in horses?

  • Sour disposition.
  • Still eating but losing condition or weight.
  • Avoiding hard feed and preferring hay.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Unsettled in training or unwilling to work.
  • Grinding teeth.
  • Crib-biting, wind-sucking.
  • Bad coat.

Can Stomach ulcers cause colic in horses?

Gastric ulcers are known to be associated with colic and recurrence of colic, yet studies have shown that the majority of horses with gastric ulcers do not exhibit colic, and other digestive diseases that can cause colic are often present and may be the cause of gastric ulcers diagnosed during the colic episode.

Can ulcers cause a horse to choke?

Sometimes it seems that the horse’s gastrointestinal tract is just looking for a way to cause problems for everyone. If it’s not impaction colic, it’s gastric ulcers. If it’s not colic, it’s choke.

How long can a horse stay on sucralfate?

Because Sucralfate forms a protective coating when it comes in contact with acid in the stomach, it should be given half an hour prior to Cimetidine or Ranitidine. This medication is commonly used for a period of 21-28 days, but it can be used long-term in horses with high ulcer risk.

Can you give human omeprazole to horses?

Because of its efficacy in healing gastric ulcers, omeprazole is commonly prescribed to horses. When given at the recommended dose of 4 mg/kg, omeprazole is intended to be used for 28 days.

What does sucralfate do for horses?

Sucralfate is used to treat gastric ulcers and ulcers of the right dorsal colon in adult horses. It usually is used with an H2 receptor antagonist or a proton-pump inhibitor such as omeprazole.

How long does it take for horses stomach to empty?

The stomach is actually quite small (only about 10% of the horses digestive tract), and food remains there for 30-45 minutes on average.

What do you do if your horse has ulcers?

The most commonly prescribed ulcer treatment is omeprazole, an FDA approved proton pump inhibiting drug that has been well studied. Other drugs may prescribed depending on the location and severity of your horse’s ulcers.


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