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  • Equine Gastroscopy at Milbourn Equine Vets in Kent

Gastroscopy involves visualisation of the inside of the horse’s stomach and is most commonly carried out in order to diagnose equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). The procedure involves using an extra long 3 metre flexible video endoscope which allows direct examination of the stomach lining. It is carried out under sedation and is well tolerated by most horses.

Gastric ulcerations are very common. Recent studies have shown approximately 80-90% of racehorses, over 60% in competition horses, up to 50% of leisure horses and 50% of foals are affected with gastric ulcers with a range of severity.

Equine gastric ulcers can be caused by excessive exposure of the mucosal lining of the stomach to acidic gastric juice. This causes erosion of the lining resulting in ulceration and even bleeding . Ulcers are commonly seen in the upper squamous lining as this has limited protection against acid injury.

Equine Gastroscope Clinics in Sevington

Milbourn Equine offer monthly gastroscope clinics where you can book in to bring your horse along for a gastroscope at a reduced price.

Sevington Dates 2021/22:

  • 8th December
  • 12th January
  • 9th February
  • 9th March
  • 6th April
  • 11th May
  • 8th June
  • 6th July
  • 10th August
  • 7th September
  • 5th October
  • 9th November
  • 7th December

Equine Clinic Gastroscope Days – Special Offer

First Timers £200 including sedation for horses being scoped for the first time

£250 for all other horses

Please note: Any medication or hospitalisation if needed will be extra.

Scoping in your yard is also available by appointment

Call your local Milbourn Equine Vets today!

Ashford: 01233 500505

Canterbury: 01227 200992

Hawkhurst: 01580 752301

Rye: 01797 208128

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome symptoms are often vague and can include:

  • Poor performance
  • Changes in behaviour or grumpy temperament
  • Picky appetite
  • Weight loss/ failure to maintain condition
  • Colic
  • Girthing pain or resistance to girthing
  • Resistance to riding aids
  • Poor coat condition

It is important to note horses can display no clinical signs, yet have potentially severe gastric ulcers when confirmed by gastroscope. Also clinical signs of stomach ulceration may be vague and can often be mistaken for other conditions or behavioural problems.

Gastric ulcers are graded on severity from 0-4. This allows us to monitor healing and evaluate the efficacy of treatment. Once diagnosed gastric ulcers can be treated quickly and effectively with medication and horses usually return to their former level of performance. We will monitor your horse’s treatment progress with regular visits and gastroscopy and may also suggest management and feeding changes.

How do I arrange for my horse to be Gastroscoped?

Horses must be starved prior to the procedure in order to ensure that the stomach is empty. In order to facilitate this it is possible to have your horse admitted to the clinic the day before the procedure (Ashford clinic only). To arrange an appointment or to discuss your horse’s symptoms with a vet please contact us.

If you decide to admit your horse on the day of the procedure you must:

  • Give your horse their last feed at 6pm the night before
  • Stabled on inedible bedding
  • Remove hay and feed bucket after last feed
  • Water must be taken away as early as possible on the morning of the procedure
  • No hay net whilst travelling to the clinic

Please remember to bring your horse’s bridle with you when bringing your horse to the clinic.

Additional client safety information when visiting the clinic (PDF)

Gastroscopy Information Booklet (PDF)

Call to book your horse in at one of our Clinic Gastroscope Days

Ashford: 01233 500505

Canterbury: 01227 200992

Hawkhurst: 01580 752301

Rye: 01797 208128