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Re: melanomas and ulcers

Michelle, what other than weight loss makes your vet think your horse has
ulcers?  My understanding is that it's pretty uncommon in horses that aren't
kept in intensive box-stall-and-truckload-of-grain situations.  I'm just
wondering if the Tagamet money would be better spent feeding more calories

Susan G

----- Original Message -----
From: Michelle Fink <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 3:07 PM
Subject: RC: melanomas and ulcers

> Hi -  Just had my Spring vet work done on the horses...
> One 20 yr. old mare has a growth on the scelera of her eye, about 1.5 cm
> size.  It's well under the lid and is not causing irritation, I noticed it
> when she was upset about having her teeth floated and was rolling her
> She's a grey, it's possibly a melanoma.  Has anyone treated a growth in
> area?  Will have the animal opthamologist by on his next trip through
> but that's months off.
> Second, my ex-racehorse mare that I have been preparing for distance
> this year is still a bit underweight (body score 4.5), she's wormed
> regularly, and her teeth look fine.  She's not a big eater, and gets hot
> too much grain so she only gets 2 cups of oats with her beetpulp, then she
> has free choice hay and grass pasture.  The vet suggested treating her
> Tagament for ulcers.  There's no local vet with an endoscope for
> them, or we'd go that route first.  Any ideas on the simplest way to feed
> Tagament it since it needs to be dosed 4x per day?  I don't mind orally
> syringing her, but maybe I can roll it up in some type of molasses/oats
> treats and get her to eat it??
> TIA -
> Michelle
> (Colorado)
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