Gastric Ulcers may be more common than you think and can be exceptionally painful for your horse. Recent studies have shown up to 53% of leisure horses and 98% of racehorses suffer from Gastric Ulcers.

Gastroscopy uses a video endoscopy to view and capture images of the horse’s stomach to visualise, identify and diagnose Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. Using the endoscope we are able to see whether ulcers are present, their type and severity. There are two main types of ulcer which occur in different parts of the stomach. 

Mild sedation ensures the horse stays calm and stress free throughout the procedure. 

Our gastroscope service is led by Medicine Certificate holder Karen Wilson BVM&S Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS alongside Jenny Croft BVMS Cert EP MRCVS – Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice.

Gastric Ulcers can present themselves in many different ways, and sometimes can be mistaken for poor performance, or your horse being ‘grumpy’.

Clinical signs may include

  • Poor performance
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Weight loss / failure to maintain condition
  • Colic
  • Pain when girthing
  • Poor coat condition

Following a positive diagnosis, we can offer a treatment regime tailored to your horse.

Complete healing occurs in most cases following treatment and with management strategies put in place.

There is more information on gastric ulcers on our download page.

We are delighted to offer discounted weekly gastroscope clinics, please call us for more information on 01577 841010.  Our gastroscope clinics are open to all and we welcome referrals from neighbouring practices.