Gastroscopy (gastric ulcers)

Gastric ulcers are common in horses and can effect horses of many types. The effect of gastric ulceration may be highly variable but they are believed to be associated with weight loss, changes in eating behaviour, loss of performance and colic, although in many horses, they may cause few or no apparent ill-effects.

At the moment the only accurate and reliable way to diagnose gastric ulceration in horses is by gastroscopy (endoscopic examination). Gastroscopy allows examination of the stomach and any ulceration can be graded depending on how deep and how widespread the ulceration is.

At Agnew Equine equine gastroscopy is performed using our mobile equipment at your home stables, to avoid any additional stress caused by transporting your horse/pony. This means you receive hospital level diagnostics at own stable door. During the procedure the images of your horse/pony scope are display instantly on our laptop screen. This enables our vets to discuss with you the anatomy and any findings. We perform gastroscope using standing sedation and is a quick and painless procedure for your horse/pony.

Our gastroscope is 3.5 metres in length which allows our vets to properly visualise your horse/ponies digestive tract particularly the stomach, where gastric ulcers occur.