Title

Prevalence of and risk factors for equine glandular and squamous gastric disease in polo horses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Abstract

The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence rates and risk factors for equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD) and equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD) in a population of 63 polo horses in competition. The prevalence of EGGD grade ≥ 1 was 69% and EGGD ≥ 2 was 31%. The prevalence of ESGD grade ≥ 1 was 54% and grade ≥ 2 was 37%. The risk factors retained in the final multivariable models were years of experience in polo competition for EGGD grade ≥ 1 and for grade ≥ 2, with decreased experience being associated with EGGD and weekly exercise duration and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use being associated with ESGD grade ≥ 1. Decreasing weekly exercise duration was the only risk factor associated with ESGD grade ≥ 2. Equine gastric disease was common in this population of polo horses and the amount of experience and weekly exercise duration were related to the risk of disease.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne

First Page

880

Last Page

884

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