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Overview of Gastrointestinal Ulcers in Large Animals

By

Frank M. Andrews

, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA, Equine Health Studies Program, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University;


Robert M. Friendship

, DVM, MSc, DABVP, University of Guelph

Last full review/revision Jan 2014 | Content last modified Jan 2014

Gastric ulcers are important in adult horses, foals, and pigs. Abomasal ulcers (see Abomasal Ulcers) in mature cattle and calves appear to be increasing in importance.

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