My horse has had a tough few weeks after having a severe reaction to a vaccination (we think it was the rabbies vaccine). He has ulcers and receives medication for it (just asked the owner what the actual name of the medication is, will post it once I find out, I can't think of it right now).
Anyone have a horse with ulcers?
What medication do you use?
What are some alternatives we might explore?
The vet prescribed a couple of medications originally - we tried the gastroguard to begin with and used it until we had his ulcers under control but the expense was ridiculous and he recommended we switch to an alternative that was equally as good for maintaining ulcers once we had them under control. The problem is they are bitter and he hates them, and at times like this when he's a bit off his feed to begin with he refuses to eat his feed period with the bitter pills in there.
We're not sure switching to something different would be in his best interest but if there's something out there that might work and the vet agrees then we're all for it. Dealing with trying to get these pills into him when he's not eating well to begin with is stressful for all of us.
Does anyone have ideas for masking the bitter pills in his feed?
We're using mints right now as we've done it periodically I.e. After a horse show, and he eats great, but the sugar in the mints can't possibly be good for him or his ulcers in the long term. We've heard of using molasses and apple-sauce, but same thing - isn't that a lot of sugar for a horse with ulcers?
Just looking to brainstorm with some knowledgeable people who've dealt with ulcers before. :)