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Colic is simply defined as any manifestation of abdominal pain. In the horse, colic is most commonly caused by distention of the GI system usually with gas, gastric ulcers, impaction with fecal material or sand, or intestinal displacement or twist. Horses frequently show signs of colic, which can include restlessness, laying down with or without rolling, kicking at their belly, refusing food and treats, and having difficulty or not being able to pass manure. Most often, colic can be treated by the veterinarian in the field. In less than 10% of cases a horse will not recover and surgery is necessary. Our team at Equine Veterinary Specialists is well trained to accurately diagnose and treat colics. In the unlikely event that surgery is required, our hospital in Norco, California is fully equipped with a surgical facility, recovery, and rehabilitation stalls.
Due to the flighty nature of the horse, injuries are common in the equine world. Most bumps and bruises are minor, but sometimes, cuts, or lacerations, require veterinary attention. Some lacerations that are more severe and involve fragile or vital structures require hospitalization, but most can be sutured in the field. Routine aftercare generally involves bandaging and antibiotics, depending on the severity and location of the wound.
If your horse has a laceration that you feel needs veterinary care, please do not hesitate to call our office at 951-737-1615. A veterinarian is available at the hospital, or to come to your farm, 24 hours a day. While you wait for a veterinarian to arrive, or are transporting your horse to the hospital, a clean dry bandage can be placed over the wound if possible, to limit bleeding and to keep it clean.
Unfortunately, emergencies come with owning a horse. Colic and laceration repairs are just a two of the most common emergencies, but there are others that may require veterinary attention. Some other emergency situations may include choke (esophageal obstruction), respiratory distress, and severe and sudden lameness. If you feel like your horse is in pain or distress for any reason, please do not hesitate to call our office at 951-737-1615. A veterinarian is available at the hospital or to come to your farm 24 hours a day.
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