Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome (EGUS) or stomach ulcers, are commonly found in foals and horses of all types. In the hospital we have a 3 metre video endoscope which is routinely used in medical cases where stomach ulcers are suspected. It is also carried out in the investigation of chronic and recurrent colic, poor performance and loss of weight.
This procedure is carried out under standing sedation and is readily tolerated by all horses. In order to visualise all areas of the stomach thoroughly it is important that the stomach is empty. As such it is essential to withold food and water for several hours prior to the gastroscopy. Many owners elect to have their horse admitted to our gastroscopy box overnight for this preparation, alternatively we can provide you with guidelines to perform this preparation at home.