Gastroscopy refers to the use of a special three metre videoendoscope to assess gastrointestinal problems in the stomach
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) can cause recurrent low-grade colic signs, weight loss, changes in attitude and behaviour, sub-optimal performance, as well as general signs of ill health and a dull hair coat. Horses admitted to the hospital for gastroscopy, must be starved for at least 12 hours to allow full assessment of the stomach. This allows a rapid and accurate evaluation of the horse's stomach lining and therefore a rapid diagnosis of whether a horse is suffering from ulcers. Horses most at risk from developing ulcers include those in high intensity training and those undergoing any form of stress such as long periods of transportation or being on box rest. Another high risk group are young foals, particularly if they are sick or receiving any medications.
If gastric ulcers are found to be present in the stomach there is a very effective treatment that can resolve gastric ulcers within a couple of weeks. Once the ulcers are under control it is important that management and feeding regimes are regulated to prevent reoccurrence.