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What is colic?
Colic is a description of the symptoms associated with abdominal pain.
Many owners are familiar with these symptoms. They include, but are not limited to:
If you recognise any of these symptoms, it is best to telephone us to speak to a veterinary surgeon and/or arrange a visit.
The causes of abdominal pain are various, and differ in severity. The most common examples are as follows:
Minimising the risk of the occurrence of colic:
FEEDING: avoiding sudden changes in type of diet or quantity, maximising intake of forage, ensuring a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water is available (check for ice in water buckets in paddocks in winter), avoid grazing on sandy pastures, do not feed unsoaked sugar beet or grass cuttings
WORMING: maintain a strategic programme including faecal worm egg counts and use of wormers as advised by your veterinary surgeon
DENTAL CARE: ensure your horse is examined by your qualified equine dental technician or veterinary surgeon at least once yearly, and more frequently if advised due to complex dental issues
EXERCISE ROUTINE : try to maintain a consistent routine for your horse and be extra vigilant if a horse that is used to being turned out is suddenly put on box rest. If any change in intensity or duration of work is anticipated, do this gradually. Feeding immediately before or after exercise should be avoided
What should you do whilst waiting for the vet?
Always be aware that a horse in significant pain is not conscious of its surroundings and therefore you should always look out for your own safety when handling a horse with colic.
Please remember that the large majority of episodes of colic can be managed without surgical intervention.
And do not panic! We will always endeavour to be with you as quickly as possible
Bourton Vale hosted a client evening at the Adlestrop Village Hall on Wednesday 1st Novewmber. The evening was kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingleheim and was a huge success; allowing attendees to meet the new members of our team and have an introduction to a variety of topics.