What’s best to treat gastric ulcers- granules or paste ?
The active ingredient to treat and prevent gastric ulcer is omeprazole. Equine omeprazole is in the class of drugs known as acid proton-pump inhibitors (PPI’s). For effective treatment, omeprazole is administered once a day for at least 28 days. Omeprazole blocks the over production of gastric acid in the stomach.
Paste in a syringe is the better known method of administering the omeprazole. Many horse owners find a syringe easier to use however the paste is not as cost effective as omeprazole granules. Granulated omeprazole comes in individual sachets or a bulk pack equal to 50 individual sachets. . Horse owners find granules so convenient to administer and offer the following benefits versus paste –
- more affordable
- simple to administer onto feed
- single dose packaging
- convenient to pack for travel
- pre measured packs -allowing stable hand to administer
- convenient for horse’s boarding
- less waste
In conclusion both equine omeprazole forms are effective in the treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers. The choice of using paste over granules is a matter of preference for the horse owner. In other words what type of administration best suits your horse.