All our vets are able to perform gastroscopy out on yards. Gastroscopy is useful in cases where gastric (stomach) ulcers are suspected as part of a condition called EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome).
Horses with gastric ulceration often present one or more of the following signs:
- Low grade, intermittent, colic signs
- Poor appetite
- Behavioural changes (such as appearing more grumpy than usual, sometimes nipping over the stable door, etc)
- Poor performance when ridden
Appropriate treatment of gastric ulcers is usually very rewarding; a change in medication and management (according to the type, location and severity of lesions found) can lead to almost complete resolution after a month.