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