Support for horses with Colic
Colic symptoms appear suddenly, not gradually and can include:
- Pawing, Rolling, Bloating, Sweating, Distress, Uneasiness
- Loss of interest in food and water
- Peculiar postures, such as sitting or stretching
- Absence of gut sounds
- Decreased faeces production and/or dryness of manure
Some common causes of colic include:
• High grain-based diets/low-forage diets without enough roughage.
• Mouldy or tainted feed or an abrupt change in feed
• Parasite infestation, especially from worms. • Lack of water consumption, which can in turn cause an impaction to occur.
• Sand ingestion and accumulation in the bowel over time
Note: Obstructions or twisted intestines can be potentially life threatening and require surgery.
- Remove all sources of food and water. Because colic is often linked to your horse’s food or water source, it’s important to keep him away from any potential dangers until a cause is found
- Get your horse up and walking
- Call your veterinary doctor- It’s important to get your vet out as soon as possible to take a look at your horse and help make a quick diagnosis.