GASTROGARD (omeprazole) is formulated specifically for horses and foal 4 weeks of age and older to treat equine stomach ulcers also called Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome or EGUS.
EGUS is caused by excess acid that can eat through the stomach’s protective lining. Stomach ulcers cause pain and reduce appetite, which can lead to even greater ulceration and damage.
GASTROGARD acts at the source of acid production and inhibits the proton pump that produces stomach acid.
Before administering GASTROGARD, make sure the horse’s mouth contains no feed. The minimum recommended dosage is 1.8 mg/lb per day (4.0mg/kg). Weight markings on the syringe plunger can be used for dosing; the contents of one syringe will dose a 1,250 lb horse.
GASTROGARD should be administered orally once-a-day for 4 weeks (28 days)
Remove the cover from the tip of the syringe and insert the syringe into the horse’s mouth at the interdental space. Depress the plunger until stopped by the knurled ring.
The dose should be deposited on the back of the tongue or deep into the cheek pouch.
Care should be taken to ensure that the horse consumes the complete dose. Treated animals should be observed briefly after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If any of the dose is lost, redosing is recommended.
Replace the syringe cap after use; remaining paste may be reused on following days until emptied.