Did you know 80-90% of racehorses, 60% of competition horses & 50% of leisure horses have gastric ulcers?

Shaun contacted the practice at the end of March worried about his horse, Ricky. He reported that his behaviour had rapidly changed, he disliked being tacked up & was refusing jumps which is very out of character. Clinical signs of stomach ulceration can be vague and can often be mistaken as behavioural problems. Other symptoms can include dull appearence, picky appetite & grumpy temperament.

After an initial assessment, we formulated a plan to perform a gastroscopy on Ricky. A couple of days later, we were back at the yard with our 3m long gastroscope. The scope is passed up the nose, down the oesophagus and into the stomach allowing both the vet & owner to see what is going on. Nicola confirmed that Ricky had both squamous and glandular ulcers.

Ricky's owner has been working closely with our vets. Nicola formulated a plan and with slight changes to his feed management & putting him on daily omeprazole treatment we planned to re-scope him 4 weeks later to assess his progress.

We re-scoped Ricky last week. Shaun has seen a significant change in his behaviour -in a good way! During the repeat gastroscopy, Nicola confirmed that although much improved (both clinically and behaviourally) Ricky still had some minor ulcers and would need to continue his treatment for now.

We were glad we re-scoped. Now Shaun & Ricky are continuing to follow the vets advice & we will be seeing him again in another 4 weeks - hopefully with a nice healthy stomach!