Gastroscopy describes a complete examination of the two lining tissues of the horses stomach using a 3.5m flexible video-endoscope. It is performed under light sedation and images are captured at specific points around the stomach and are graded and defined by type.
Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is something we see more and more frequently. If your horse is under-performing, has behavioral changes, has a poor appetite, poor coat condition or pain on girthing, then they may be suffering from gastric ulcers. Using gastroscopy to visualize the horse’s stomach, we are able to see whether ulcers are present or not and also which type. Once diagnosed, we can offer the most appropriate treatment.
Endoscopic Examination in horse is performed to evaluate the upper airway, including nasal passages, nasal septum, ethmoid turbinates, nasomaxillary opening, pharynx, guttural pouches (aka auditory tube diverticulum), arytenoid cartilages, larynx, and palate, for structural and functional abnormalities.