I was wondering if anyone else is trying the latest stomach ulcer treatment - injectable omeprazole?
My horse has had chronic stomach ulcers for many years and I have done WEEKS of paste treatment at various times. I can usually temporarily get him better with Gastrogard/Gastrozol (or whatever brand name my vet was prescribing!) but he is easily set off by small changes in his environment. He’s the coolest, safest horse to ride and vets initially doubted he even had ulcers (he’s also fat and shiny!), until we did an endoscope and saw them!
I’m lucky that I have access to research papers so I’ve been following what has been published and was excited to see that they had been trialing injecting vs paste (who ever knows if you get a full dose of paste into a horse … mine always spits a tiny bit out … and that’s expensive stuff!!). I didn’t think it would be available for a long time but my vet has just been able to prescribe starting this year.
Given most of the research into oral paste has shown it is less effective for pasture kept horses (as it needs to be absorbed on an empty stomach), I’m really fascinated to see what difference injections might make! I might even try to take my horse to a competition (last attempt was 4 years ago and he started going down with colic)!!
If you’re currently using a paste version of omeprazole, are you thinking of changing? For me, the cost per week is $20 extra for the injection rather than the paste so I’m hoping I can eventually use it less frequently!!