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Horse Health – What to do if you Suspect Colic

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Horse Health – What to do if you Suspect Colic

#EverythingHorse – written by Merete Hass BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS 

Following on from our first article this month, The Different Types of Colic, here we take a look at what to do if you suspect colic in your horse.

  • Call your vet immediately – colic is potentially very serious, if left untreated it can lead to death in a matter of hours. Most cases are not serious but those that do require surgery have a far better prognosis the earlier a diagnosis is made.

  • Decide whether it is safe to enter your horses stable. Violently colicing horses can be very unpredictable and very dangerous and you should not jeopardise your safety.
  • If it’s safe to do so, remove any food from the stable but leave water available.
  • Observe your horse and keep note of what your horse is doing.

  • Walking your horse –this reduces the likelihood of horses potentially causing themselves harm within their stable, it also distracts them from the pain of the episode. Ideally a menage with soft ground is the best place to do so, failing that soft ground such as a field.

Up next, The Vet’s Role…

With thanks to Merete Hass BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS – Equine Vet at Hampton Veterinary Centre, Malpas, Cheshire

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