What’s the Difference Between Gastrogard and Ulcergard?

One is prescribed by your veterinarian, the other is available over the counter. Find out more in our Q&A.
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Q: What’s the difference between Gastrogard (omeprazole) and Ulcegard (omeprazole), and why do I have to get one from my veterinarian while the other is available at my local feed store?

A: That’s a great question—I know it can be a confusing issue for horse owners.

While both products contain the same specially formulated omeprazole, are proven and FDA-approved, and are manufactured and distributed by the same company, there is a difference between the two.

Gastrogard is used to treat existing equine stomach ulcers. To make a diagnosis, your veterinarian may examine your horse by running an endoscopic camera through its nose, down the esophagus, and into the stomach. If an endoscope is not available, your veterinarian might make a presumptive diagnosis based upon the horse’s history and clinical signs

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