UlcerGard Oral Paste
For the prevention of
gastric ulcers in horses
Once-a-Day Dosing with a well-accepted paste
Stomach ulcers can be painful, yet some horses show
very few symptoms. Others will lose weight, have recurrent colic,
intermittent loose stools, poor hair coat, poor body condition, changes in
disposition and/or general poor performance. Once daily administration of Merial ULCERGARD is recommended in horses exposed to stressful
conditions or activities that may induce stomach ulcers in horses. Such
conditions may include training, racing, showing, traveling, stall
confinement, and competition.
DOSAGE: The minimum recommended
dosage is 1 mg/kg per day (0.45 mg/lb) or 1/4 syringe. When given once daily
during the stressful period, ULCERGARD has been shown to effectively prevent
stomach ulcers in horses. This effect was tested in horses exposed to
stressful conditions for either 8 or 28 days.
INFORMATION FOR HORSE OWNERS:
ULCERGARD is intended for use in
healthy horses. If you notice any signs of illness prior to or during the
use of this product, consult your veterinarian for appropriate diagnosis and
ULCERGARD may be used in horses
that weigh at least 600 lbs. The effectiveness of ULCERGARD in the
prevention of gastric ulcers in foals and weanlings has not been evaluated.
ULCERGARD may be used safely in
breeding stallions. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.
Once daily administration of
ULCERGARD is recommended in horses exposed to stressful conditions which
may include: training, racing, showing, traveling, stall confinement, and
ULCERGARD is intended for use
only in the prevention of gastric ulcers in healthy horses. Clinical signs
of gastric ulcers may include: decreased appetite, recurrent colic,
intermittent loose stools or diarrhea, poor hair coat, poor body condition
or poor performance. These signs may also be associated with other diseases
as well as existing gastric ulcers. If your horse is exhibiting one or more
of these signs, consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
PREVENTS STOMACH ULCERS BY REDUCING
Stomach ulcers are more common in horses than once
believed. Studies have demonstrated stomach ulcers in over 90% of racehorses
and 60% of performance horses in various disciplines. Horses secrete acid in
their stomach 24 hours a day. Horses on grass pasture or eating large
quantities of roughage infrequently develop stomach ulcers. Horses without
continual access to roughage or in rigorous training are at greater risk of
stomach ulceration due to the effects of acid on the stomach lining. The
additional stresses of traveling, competition, stall confinement, and
strenuous exercise can also contribute to the development of stomach ulcers
ULCERGARD works to prevent stomach ulcers in horses.
The active ingredient in ULCERGARD, omeprazole has been extensively tested
for safety and effectiveness. It works by reducing the production of acid in
the horse's stomach. To help horses maintain optimal gastric health, it is
recommended that ULCERGARD be administered during stressful events or
activities that may induce stomach ulcers. Such conditions may include:
training, racing, showing, traveling, stall confinement, and competition.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Each syringe contains 4 individual daily doses for
horses weighing 600-1200 lbs. Please refer to the following dosage chart for
help in determining the correct dose for your horse.
Less than 600 lbs
Consult a veterinarian
1 dose per day
over 1200 lbs
2 doses per day
*Duration of 8 or 28 days
and GASTROGARD are
identical in the omeprazole paste concentration and formulation - only the
label and directions are different. If treating gastric ulcers with
ULCERGARD follow the
1) To set the syringe plunger, unlock the dose ring
by rotating 1/4 turn and slide the dose ring along the plunger shaft so that
the side nearest the barrel is set at the appropriate daily dose marking.
2) Rotate 1/4 turn to lock ring before dosing.
3) Make sure horse's mouth contains no feed before
4) Remove syringe tip cover.
5) Insert syringe into the corner of the horse's
6) Depress the plunger until it stops at the dose
The entire dose should be deposited on the back of the
tongue or deep in the cheek pouch. Horses should be observed briefly to
assure no part of the dose is lost or rejected.
If any of the dose is lost, re-dosing is recommended.
Replace cap if any unused doses remain in the syringe.
WARNING: Not for use in
humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. In
case of ingestion by humans, contact a physician. Do not
use in horses intended for human consumption.
STORAGE INFORMATION: Store at
68°F-77°F (20-25°C). Excursions between 59°F-86°F (15-30°C) are