My lameness vet is participating in a trial for ulcers. It includes scope and drugs. I have a 4 year old recently imported warmblood gelding who hasn’t exhibited overt ulcer symptoms. He’s turned out about 14 hours a day (but no grass), worked somewhat rigoriously 5-6 days per week, will travel lightly this summer, and we have good hay - both grass and alfalfa. If the trial wasn’t offered, I wouldn’t be considering looking into ulcer treatment for him.
Is this strange? It’s a trial, so I’m assuming it’s a drug that’s not on the market yet. If I’m really worried about ulcers, my insurance will cover the cost of gastrogard (I know it’s $$$$$) after the initial scope (but no colic coverage for a year after treatment). Are ulcers so ubiquitious that I should assume they are a problem and take advantage of a drug trial because it’s free? Is it worth using something that’s not widely available if my insurance will pay for it? thanks for any thoughts!