Horse Colic


Free Horse Owners Seminar Series at Iowa State

April 16, 2010

Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is introducing a series of free seminars for horse owners this year. They will be held on the first Tuesday of the month once a quarter at the Ames, Iowa, school.

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Kip Deville Recovering From Bout with Colic

April 07, 2010

Kip Deville, who survived a near-fatal case of laminitis earlier this year, is resting comfortably at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after undergoing surgery for his third attack of colic.

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Speightstown Recovering After Colic Surgery

April 03, 2010

Champion Thoroughbred racehorse Speightstown had colic surgery April 1, and WinStar Farm, where the stallion stands, reported April 2 he's "recovering well" after successful surgery.

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Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More


Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More


The Latest in Equine Veterinary Medicine

March 08, 2010

The hottest news in equine veterinary medicine at the 2009 AAEP Convention included bacteremia in foals.... Read More


Colic Insights

March 08, 2010

Insights into colic, as discussed at the 2009 AAEP Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.... Read More


Critical Care for Horses

March 08, 2010

Marked changes in the level of equine critical care were discussed at the 2009 AAEP Convention. ... Read More


Horse Colic: Surgical and Medical Management

March 01, 2010

Colic in horses simply refers to abdominal pain, which has many causes, and the prognosis (chance of a positive outcome) can vary remarkably depending on the underlying cause. This article will help you understand colic basics and treatment advances.... Read More


Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

February 27, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction... Read More


Colic: In-Depth Discussion by Vets at AAEP

February 13, 2010

Almost all horses with colic can be saved if the problem is recognized quickly and treatment is instituted rapidly, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of North Carolina State University, during the "In-Depth: Colic" portio... Read More


Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

February 07, 2010

Salmonella infection is a disease taken very seriously by equine veterinarians, partly because it can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in their patients, and also because it can do the same to the veterinarians and hospital staff. T... Read More


Colic in Horses: General Review

January 29, 2010

Among the species of domestic livestock, the horse is the animal that most commonly suffers from colic.... Read More


Cortisol Levels and Colic Survival in Horses (AAEP 2009)

January 25, 2010

Cortisol, which is often termed the "stress hormone" because its levels rise in response to stress in horses and other species, might offer veterinarians another tool for assessing and developing prognoses for horses with colic. At th... Read More


Improving Peritonitis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 24, 2010

Peritonitis, defined as inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane lining the abdomen), can result from many problems, from disease to infection following injury or colic/colic surgery. Regardless of the cause, a common treatment is lavage (flushing) o... Read More


Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

January 22, 2010

Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/... Read More


Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More


Preparing for Colic (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

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Colic: Recovering Horse Ulcer Risk

January 08, 2010

When a horse is hurt, being confined to a stall, hauled to the vet for a check-up, or being taken away from herdmates, the stress can be enough to cause stomach ulcers to develop--sometimes in as little as five days.... Read More


Vaccination, WNV, and Colic Fact Sheets Available

January 06, 2010 is getting 2010 off to a great start with three more Fact Sheets on topics that are important to our readers. The new fact sheets cover vaccinations for your horse, West Nile virus, and equine colic. ... Read More


Pennsylvania Police Horse Recovering from Colic Surgery

December 19, 2009

Duke, a gray Percheron/Thoroughbred cross police horse in the Lancaster, Pa., mounted unit, was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center on Dec. 16 for emergency colic surgery.... Read More


Old Horse Colicking? Consider Surgery a Viable Option

November 14, 2009

Geriatric horses have lower survival rates than younger horses following exploratory colic surgery.... Read More


Colic Surgery: Preventing Postoperative Diarrhea

November 13, 2009

A diarrhea treatment might also be useful for preventing diarrhea in horses recovering from colic surgery, said researchers in a new study.

"Diarrhea following colic surgery is common with certain conditions such as... Read More


Colic: Blood Glucose Test Might Aid Vets

October 29, 2009

Blood glucose tests might provide useful information to veterinarians treating horses with severe, persistent colic, potentially helping them to predict the severity of the horse’s condition and its chance of... Read More


AAEP Members Rank Equine Research Needs

October 21, 2009

Laminitis and colic were the top two equine conditions in need of more research, according to nearly 600 members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) who recently responded to a survey conducted by the AAEP Foundation. The... Read More