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Spring Show Tip

Don’t forget that the number one risk factor for gastric ulcers in horses is a change in stabling.  If you are traveling to a show, using an gastric protectant is recommended.  GastroGard® and Ulcergard® contain Omeprazole, which is extremely effective for treating and preventing ulcers.  Compounded versions of Omeprazole have been tested and many contained only 20% of the Omeprazole necessary so using brand-name Omeprazole is strongly recommended.  he only downside of Omeprazole is that it takes 3 days to take full efficacy. Ranitidine is a faster-acting ulcer prevention but may be slightly less effective than Omeprazole. For most horses, using Ranitidine during travel should be enough to prevent ulcers caused by change in stabling. 

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