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How Can I Tell that my Horse has a Gastric Ulcer?

Horses experience gastric ulcers similar to the way humans do, and if you have ever had an ulcer, you know how much abdominal pain they cause. While your co-workers and friends may not notice your discomfort, the pain is still there. In horses, signs of ulcer-related discomfort can be hard to observe, but may include poor performance and a change in attitude. Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is the term used to describe lesions and ulceration of the horse’s stomach and associated clinical signs. Ulcers occur when there’s damage to the lining of the stomach. The secretions of the stomach are acidic and, under certain conditions, the gastric acid can erode the stomach lining and cause ulceration. Most often, the damage is shallow and looks like an abrasion. In some horses, the damage can deeply penetrate the stomach lining, and in rare cases, ulcers can lead to perforation of the…

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