Horse Health Videos From Merial

These new educational videos provide information on equine stomach ulcers.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial

With two out of three competitive horses suffering from equine stomach ulcers,1 horse owners need access to important information about:

    •  How ulcers occur
    • The clinical signs of ulcers
    •  How to prevent and treat ulcers
    •  Which products are effective

Now, this information is available in a new series of three easy-to-understand videos:

1. Why Equine Stomach Ulcers Happen

A horse’s stomach can produce up to 16 gallons of acid each day.2 A high roughage diet, found in natural grazing environments, results in a decreased level of acid due to a buffering effect of the grass and the horse’s own saliva. However, many horses are stalled with limited turnout and fed fewer, larger meals, including grain. These situations can cause acid levels to rise in a horse’s stomach. This video also addresses other causes and risk factors that horse owners should know.

Stomach ulcers are a very real threat to your horse’s overall health and performance. Learn more about what causes ulcers in horses, as well as the treatments offered from Merial in AQHA’s FREE Stomach Ulcers in Horses report.

2. Preventing and Treating Equine Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers have been identified in horses of all breeds, disciplines and ages.3 They can be prevented with the use of Ulcergard® (omeprazole), the only proven and FDA-approved product for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers.4 Ulcergard works by blocking the production of excess acid. For the treatment of equine stomach ulcers, the only proven and FDA-approved product is Gastrogard® (omeprazole)5. Horse owners can learn more about prevention and treatment in this video.

3. Why Most Equine “Ulcer” Products Aren’t Worth the Gamble

There are dozens of products claiming to prevent and/or treat equine stomach ulcers. These products are often falsely advertised as “generic” or “just as good as” Ulcergard or Gastrogard. However, there are no generic versions of either drug. In one study, five such products were tested and found to have formulations as low as just 63 percent of the labeled active ingredient (omeprazole).4 This segment will help horse owners learn about the types of products available and about the importance of choosing those that are FDA-approved.

What causes a horse to get ulcers? How can they be prevented? How are they treated? Find out the answers in AQHA’s FREE Stomach Ulcers in Horses report, which also includes information on FDA-approved products from Merial.

“Owners have a tremendous emotional and financial investment in their horses and want what’s best for them,” says Dr. Megan Green, manager of equine and large animal veterinary services for Merial. “Being educated and understanding equine stomach ulcers is important for the animal’s overall health.”

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About Merial
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with close to $2 billion of sales in 2013.

Caution: Safety of Gastrogard in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined.

Ulcergard can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.

®Ulcergard is a registered trademark of Merial.©Merial Limited, Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1342 (05/14)

1Mitchell RD. Prevalence of gastric ulcers in hunter-jumper and dressage horses evaluated for poor performance. Association for Equine Sports Medicine. September 2001.
2Kitchen DL, Merritt AM, Burrow JA. Histamine-induced gastric acid secretion in horses. Am J Vet Res. 1998;59(10):1303-1306.
3Data on file at Merial.
4Ulcergard product label.
5Gastrogard product label.
6Stanley SD, Knych HK. Comparison of Pharmaceutical Equivalence for Commercially Available Preparations of Omeprazole. AAEP Proceedings. 2011;57:63.