diagnosing colic

Colic 101: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

colic-3Colic is a very common and well known ailment that most horses will experience at least once in their life. Colic is comparable to a typical stomach ache, however in severe cases it can lead to the twisting of intestines or a blockage in the intestines. Horses are not the only ones susceptible to colic, humans and dogs may even experience it as well. However, it is more common among mammals that do not have the ability to vomit, such as rabbits and horses. Because a horse’s anatomy prevents them from vomiting, their stomachs find other ways to alert the body that something is not agreeing. While there are many causes of colic, summer is widely known as colic season for a reason. As we enter into the warmer temperatures, it’s important to know the basics of colic, how to detect it, treat it and prevent it. Continue reading