No Day At The Beach: Sand Colic In Horses

Sand colic in horses refers to abdominal pain caused from ingested sand. Sand colic can be an irritation or an impaction; a complete blockage of the gastrointestinal tract can occur if enough sand accumulates. Horses can eat sand if they’re grazing on pastures with sandy soil that clings to plant roots or if they are […]

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New Fecal Test Helps Determine Equine’s Ingestion Of Sand

Sand colic in horses can be very serious. Ingested when a horse is grazing or eating grain from the ground, sand can accumulate in the colon, where it then irritates the gut lining. Sand can build up in the intestines and cause an impaction, which could be fatal. Fecal samples from horses that graze sandy […]

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Move Along: Psyllium And Epsom Salt Clear Sand From Equine Intestines

Sand colic in horses occurs when sand accumulates in the large colon. Occurring around the world, sand colic is often treated by a veterinarian, but preventative measures are available, including adding psyllium to the horse’s feed. A bulk-forming laxative that absorbs water, psyllium can pass through the digestive system without being completely dissolved. Magnesium sulphate, […]

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Sandy Soils Can Wreak Havoc On Equine Digestive System

Colic from the accumulation of sand in a horse’s intestine is a very real threat for equines being cared for in areas where sandy soils are the norm. The ingestion of sand can cause diarrhea and weight loss, as well. Researchers from Finland have discovered that daily nasogastric tubing (where a tube is placed up […]

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