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