The only way to definitively diagnose equine gastric ulcers is by gastroscopy.
What is gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is the diagnostic test that involves passing a flexible camera down the horse’s oesophagus and into the stomach. This allows us to see the inside of the horse’s stomach and look for any signs of ulcers.
- Horses are sedated to reduce anxiety and stress
- Takes around 15 – 20 minutes
- Not painful
What are the advantages of gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is the only diagnostic test available that is definitive for equine gastric ulcers.
- Reliable and straightforward test
- Distinguish between squamous and glandular ulcers
It is important to distinguish between squamous and glandular ulcers as the recommended management and treatment is dependent on the location and severity of the ulcers.
Take advantage of our gastroscopy clinic offer!
During our October clinics we will be offering one week’s free treatment for any horse diagnosed with equine gastric ulcers following gastroscopy.
First Timers £150.00 including sedation for horses being scoped for the first time
£200.00 for all other horses
Please note: Any medication or hospitalisation if needed will be extra
Scoping in your yard is also available by appointment – please ring for details
To book your horse in please phone us.
We recommend that all horses undergo a dental examination at least once a year. Some horses such as those expected to perform at a high level and those with specific dental abnormalities might benefit from more frequent examinations.
Our vets have all received full dentistry training during their time at University and are more than happy to carry out dental treatment on your horse. In addition they can also administer drugs such as sedatives, local anaesthetics and pain killer drugs allowing safer more comfortable treatment. Rasping can also be combined with one of our £10 Zone Visits making us very competitively priced as well as additional discounts if your horse is a member of our Equine Healthcare Plan. Why not call us to find out more!