Colic can be a very scary situation, even if it's a “mild” case that is resolved without surgical intervention. “Colic” is a broad term that can be applied to any abdominal discomfort. It can commonly occur with the ingestion of sand or too much grain; it can also be caused from an impaction or parasites, as well as other reasons, reports The Horse.
It is not always easy to tell if a horse is colicking; they may not show the stereotypical signs of rolling violently or pawing. Though the horse may not be as agitated, it does not mean that the colic is minor.
Here are some tips on what to do and not do if a horse is acting colicky.
- Do call your vet immediately to alert them of a potential problem. Inform them of the horse's vital signs and clinical signs.
- Do look for piles of manure in the stall or pen. Little or no manure could indicate the horse is colicking.
- Do check on the horse every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Do walk the horse, but don't engage in strenuous exercise.
- Don't allow the horse to eat or drink.
- Don't medicate without veterinary direction.
- Don't ride in the trailer with a colicking horse that is headed to the clinic.
- Don't touch an incision if the horse has colic surgery; this can invite infections.
- Do consider using ulcer-prevention products if a horse is highly stressed.
- Do consider management changes if the horse has colicked before
Read more at The Horse.
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