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Signs Of Colic In Horses

As a horse owner it is vital to know the signs of colic. The signs will vary from case to case and can change as the condition progresses. Some horses may display a number of symptoms and others may display only one or two.

Signs of colic to be aware of include;

  • Pawing at the ground
  • Looking or kicking at at the stomach/flank
  • Rolling or lying down or getting up and down repeatedly
  • Restlessness
  • Playing in water bucket, splashing but not drinking
  • Grinding teeth
  • Sweating
  • Rapid breathing and/or Increased heart rate
  • Decreased gut sounds or lack of normal gut sounds
  • Depression or lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Not passing faeces

If you ever think your horse is suffering from colic you need to contact your veterinarian immediately. A case of colic, especially when severe, requires immediate treatment and can develop quickly into an emergency situation. Always contact your veterinarian if you see any signs or symptoms of colic or if you have any health concerns with your horse.

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