Gastroscopy is the only reliable method of diagnosing gastric ulcers. EGUS (Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome) is a common condition in horse that are subjected to stresses such as competition, transport, and recovery from disease or injury. This process is performed on the standing and sedated horse and is well tolerated by the patient.
A three-meter flexible endoscope is passed through the nostril, down the esophagus and into the stomach of a fasted horse. Once in the stomach, the team then guides the scope around to view the squamous and the glandular portions of the stomach, and the entry into the small intestine.
Gastroscopy is performed under light sedation on your farm. During the procedure the Veterinarian will be able to determine what type of ulcer the patient has based on the location and grade of the ulcer. Images are often captured during the gastroscopy as well.