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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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ulcer care

Hi Dr. Getty,
Great site! I am struggling with a 5 year old Hanoverian gelding. I finished a month long treatment of gastrogard and he scoped clean. Since then he seems to do fiine if I give him a maintenance dose of ulcergard but if I don't he becomes cranky and girthy. Currently he is on free feed timothy hay, 6 lbs of Ultium, Reitsport and Quiessence. He was girthy before I added the Ultium and had him on just beet pulp.
Any suggestions.

Where are you from? Washington

How did you locate this forum? internet search

Re: ulcer care

Hi Shaun,

You're doing a fine job... hay 24/7, low starch feed, a good supplement along with omega 3 fatty acids (Reitsport is excellent), and Quiessence is also helpful in calming the nervous system.

I understand why you are giving a maintenance dosage of Ulcergard, but in the long run, medications that reduce stomach acid can cause complications. So, if he scoped clean, I would suggest that you wean him off of the Ulcergard.

There is one item I would add to feeding plan and that is Ration Plus. This will help his digestive tract heal by promoting the natural production of B vitamins by the bacterial flora that live in his hind gut.

Please keep me posted on how he is doing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, Colorado