Introduction Equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) may require prolonged treatments with acid suppressants; therefore, interest in nutraceutical supplements with anti-ulcerogenic properties has increased. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of Trophogast pellet for the treatment of ESGD in endurance horses. Material and methods Fifteen endurance horses were included based on their gastroscopic examination and randomly assigned to a treatment group, receiving Trophogast pellet for 30 days together with management changes, or to a control group, only subjected to management modifications. At the end of treatment, gastroscopy was repeated. Scores were assigned according to the Equine Gastric Ulcer Council scoring system. All horses were weighed at the beginning and at the end of the study. ESGD grades and weight before and after treatment were compared. Results At enrolment, median ESGD score in the treatment group was 2, while in the control group it was 1. After the treatment period, a significant decrease in ESGD grade was observed in the treatment group (median 1, p = 0.0078), while there was no change in the control group (median 2). No significant weight change was observed in either group. Conclusion Trophogast pellet was effective at promoting healing of mild ESGD in endurance horses.

Effects of a nutraceutical supplement in the management of mild equine squamous gastric disease in endurance horses / C.M. Lo Feudo, L. Stucchi, B. Conturba, E. Alberti, E. Zucca, F. Ferrucci. - In: THE VETERINARY RECORD. - ISSN 0042-4900. - (2021 Dec 04), pp. e942.1-e942.7. [10.1002/vetr.942]

Effects of a nutraceutical supplement in the management of mild equine squamous gastric disease in endurance horses

C.M. Lo Feudo
Primo
;
L. Stucchi
Secondo
;
B. Conturba;E. Alberti;E. Zucca
Penultimo
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F. Ferrucci
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

Introduction Equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) may require prolonged treatments with acid suppressants; therefore, interest in nutraceutical supplements with anti-ulcerogenic properties has increased. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of Trophogast pellet for the treatment of ESGD in endurance horses. Material and methods Fifteen endurance horses were included based on their gastroscopic examination and randomly assigned to a treatment group, receiving Trophogast pellet for 30 days together with management changes, or to a control group, only subjected to management modifications. At the end of treatment, gastroscopy was repeated. Scores were assigned according to the Equine Gastric Ulcer Council scoring system. All horses were weighed at the beginning and at the end of the study. ESGD grades and weight before and after treatment were compared. Results At enrolment, median ESGD score in the treatment group was 2, while in the control group it was 1. After the treatment period, a significant decrease in ESGD grade was observed in the treatment group (median 1, p = 0.0078), while there was no change in the control group (median 2). No significant weight change was observed in either group. Conclusion Trophogast pellet was effective at promoting healing of mild ESGD in endurance horses.
Settore VET/08 - Clinica Medica Veterinaria
25-set-2021
https://bvajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/vetr.942
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