The equine digestive tract is always a concern for horse owners - and veterinarians! Colic can be caused by many different things, and one possibility is EGUS - Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. Gastric ulcers are actually quite common in horses. There are a variety of reasons for this, but have no fear! While they are common, they are rarely life-threatening and can be cured with appropriate treatment.
First, let's start with an anatomy overview. The equine stomach is divided into two sections - the non-glandular (or squamous) section, and the glandular area. The line dividing these areas is known as the "margo plicatus". Stomach acid is secreted by the glandular area. We typically see ulcers along the margo plicatus on the squamous side of the stomach, but we can also see ulcers throughout the non-glandular and glandular regions. Oh yeah, and just to be clear, gastric ulcers are erosions in the normal lining of the stomach. Pretty simple so far, right?
Drs. Ashley and Matt Kornatowski share their experiences and insights into veterinary medicine. We hope you find this blog both informative and entertaining.