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COLIC IN HORSES


Definition
Colic in horses is defined as abdominal pain.

Common Causes
  • Sand in digestive tract*** very common cause of colic in Western Australia
  • Seasonal / Temperature changes
  • Intestinal parasites                                 
  • Change in feed and management
  • Stress

Clinical Signs:
  • refusing feed/hay
  • increased heart and respiration rate
  • sweating
  • looking at belly, looking uncomfortable
  • getting up & down frequently/restless
  • rolling violently
  • stretching out to urinate, but not urinating
  • kicking/biting at belly
  • absence/reduction of digestive sounds


CALL A VET IF YOUR HORSE IS SHOWING ANY OF THE ABOVE SIGNS


Treatment :
  • IV Pain medication
  • IV Sedation
  • Passing a nasogastric tube to check for reflux and for delivery of oil, water and electrolytes
  • Witholding feed or a very gradual re-introduction to feed (your vet will advise which is the best option for your horse)

Prevention :
  • Feed good quality roughage and do not feed directly off sandy ground
  • Avoid rapid changes in feed
  • Monitor water intake and add electrolytes to feed
  • Conduct fecal egg counts and maintain a deworming schedule accordingly