A few of you may remember my "hard keeper" posts and needing to get weight on my gelding. Over the last 6 mos. We had periods where he would start leaving grain, and most recently, he refused his dinner. He also ate VERY slow. Picking slowly....I had him scoped last week and vet found grade 2 chronic ulcers. He's probably had them recurring for a long time :( I started Gastroguard and in 7 days so far, I cannot BELIEVE the change. He is eating ravenously, eating EVERYTHING we put in front of him....including extra pans of beet pulp. And I found him a premium alfalfa (standlee brand) that is soft that he is chewing pretty well and showing great interest in. (has worn down back teeth and was quidding most hays). I watch him eat now and I am SO enthused!!
I also weighed him at the vet and he was 1019 (after fasting a night) - he is a 16.1 Appy with decent muscle, so I wasn't very disappointed with his weight.
We have a full 30 day treatment of Gguard, and was wondering what others might recommend for AFTER treatment? He is on Smartgut daily but vet felt he might need quarter tubes of Gguard for maintenance moving forward which is still $9 a day! I know I can use Ulcerguard for a bit less. My trainer is recommending daily Ranitidine twice a day. Easy to feed and Costco sells over the counter for about $9 a bottle which would last a long time.
I now know what to look for. If his eating slows down I'll know what's going on. I HOPE and pray he continues to eat this heartily....WILL HE??? Would love to hear other experiences for "after Gguard". It's SO expensive but for us, it's been a Godsend and worth every penny. I cannot believe this is my horse with such a zeal for eating!!