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    12-07-2011, 06:58 PM
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Green Broke
Need for probiotics or is it U-Gard that I need?

Okay as most know my horse is prone to colic....really prone to colic so the vet recommended probiotics for the rest of her life.....well she has been showing signs of ulcers and so I called my vet and let them know I could not afford to do an endoscopy..atleast at this point in time. Soo he told me to try U-Gard...well I was wondering if this could be what she needs as she still colics even on probiotics. Reacuuring colic is a sign of ulcers and she is super,super cinchy to where she bites air and now has started to bite the hitching post when I tighten the cinch :( So I contacted SmartPak and they are sending me a sample so I was wondering if I could get an opinion. If this U-Gard is what she needs to help heal her do I still continue the probios?
     
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    12-07-2011, 09:18 PM
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I've never used u-gard, but I understand it's basically tums. I use Ulc-r-aid from horse.com(although it can be bought other places, they are just the cheapest) It's got ulcer preventative and probiotic in one. My mare has been on it since April and it's done wonders for her.
     
    12-08-2011, 01:05 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Will she eat it with no problem? Is it liquid or pelleted?
     
    12-08-2011, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Gidget    
Will she eat it with no problem? Is it liquid or pelleted?
It's a powder, mine eats it no problem, but she's not very picky. I did read one review that said their horse wouldn't eat it. When I first started giving it to her I mixed it with some water to make it stick to the grain but then got lazy and she ate it just the same. It's so worth the money too because the 10lb is $40something and lasts 3-5 months depending on if you are using the high or low dose(I fluctuate the amount depending on her mood, usually end up upping it when she's in heat as she gets really cranky and stressed)
     
    12-08-2011, 01:53 AM
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Green Broke
Wow! I will have to give that a look. Thanks!
     
    12-08-2011, 02:02 AM
  #6
Trained
I started using U-Gard on Abby after she had ulcers. Several show horses at my barn were on it, so I took their suggestion. From what I was told, it does take about 3 months to start taking full effect. I use it more as a preventative rather than healing. If you're looking for something more healing, find something that is high in magnesium.
     
    12-08-2011, 05:08 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Thanks! I didn';t know that and really apperciate the input. I will look for a product with magnesium as she is really tender. Right now I am make sure I give her extra food and hoping that it will keep her tummy full so that the acids in her stomach do not irritate her if that makes sense.
     
    12-08-2011, 07:03 PM
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Trained
Pepto bismol works just the same in horses as it does humans. Give her 60ccs of pepto a couple times a day if possible.

Since you can't afford the scoping, the best way to actually determine ulcers is guess and check. If you can get your vet to prescribe Gidget a couple tubes of Gastrogard or Ulcergard. It's tubed paste like dewormer, but it's pretty pricy. (It cost me $75 for two tubes last year.) It's the very best for ulcer treatment and you'll notice an immediate change back into normal attitude.

However, since it requires a whole treatment plan, it gets really spendy really quickly. My vet knew that and that I'm in college, so she gave me an alternative method to a strictly Gastrogard treatment. If the Gastrogard or Ulcergard test more or less determines that she does in fact have ulcers, I would talk to your vet about figuring out a cheaper alternative. My vet gave me two large bottle of this wound cleaner called Draw. Abby was given 60ccs Draw/60ccs water twice a day in grain for a month. It worked because the main active ingredient was magnesium. However, I cannot for the life of me find it anywhere online.
     
    12-08-2011, 07:24 PM
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My vet suggested Ratidine(generic zantac) as treatment when my mare's ulcers were really bad. A bottle of 65 tablets is only $4 at walmart and I think for a month of treatment I needed 12 bottles. I found it to be very effective then I used the ulc-r-aid to keep them from coming back. I should have specified that in my first post, the ulc-r-aid I use more for prevention and it works great, I used the rantidine when they were bad.
     
    12-08-2011, 08:07 PM
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I give my gelding both U-gard pellets (must more palatable than the pink powder) along with probios daily. The thing I DID notice with the u-gard is that I had to figure out the right amount for him myself. I started out giving him the dosage according to the package but he totally went off his feed which, given the fact that Jager is a hard to keep guy to start with, was NOT okay with me. Cutting him down to 1/3-1/2 the daily dose keeps him eating and less tummy issues.

Good luck!
     

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