Horse Colic


Diagnosing Chronic Colic with Ultrasound: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Evaluating and treating prolonged cases of colic--those lasting three days or more--can be problematic. Horses with prolonged colic generally aren't in enough pain for surgery, and they respond temporarily to medicines. But the condition... Read More


Colic Surgery Risk Factors

September 01, 2006

Studies have also shown that colic surgery mortality rates are higher than that of any other surgical procedure--most likely because the horse's system is already compromised when the animal is anesthetized.... Read More


Pinpointing Colic Risk Factors

August 22, 2006

In a yearlong observational study of 128 horses on six farms in Kerman, Iran, researchers with the University of Kerman sought to identify risk factors most likely to contribute to colic. Researchers correlated the colic incidence rates to age,... Read More


Lost in the Fog Suspected to Have Cancer

August 16, 2006

Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, through a stomach sonogram, have found a mass in Lost in the Fog's spleen that they suspect is a lymphoma, according to Greg Gilchrist, who trains last year's Eclipse Award-winning... Read More


Lost in the Fog Treated for Colic

August 15, 2006

Last year's Elicpse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog is being treated for "a slight case" of colic at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, according to his trainer, Greg Gilchrist, who accompanied his stable star to... Read More


Shipping a Horse with Colic (Book Excerpt)

August 09, 2006

In my experience, shipping a horse with a severe case of colic can be a dangerous and harrowing experience. If at all possible the horse should be seen by a veterinarian and stabilized prior to transport.... Read More


Clinical Signs of Colic in the Horse: Book Excerpt

July 26, 2006

Clinical signs of colic are those changes in behavior or activity that indicate abdominal pain. Although these signs are relatively universal, individual horses may exhibit slightly different cues and different intensities to the same cause... Read More


Sand: More Concerns Than Colic

July 01, 2006

Perhaps the thought of sand conjures up images of tropical beaches, azure waters, and pure relaxation. But tie that word to colic and you have anything but an idyllic scene. Sand colic, like other variations on the colic theme, can cause anythin... Read More


Defining Colic (Book Excerpt)

May 10, 2006

The term colic actually means, in the broadest sense, abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is relatively common, even in people. We tend to refer to our abdominal pain as "stomach aches." ... Read More


Impaction Colic: Blocking the Way

May 01, 2006

Impaction colic is caused by a blockage that forms due to feed material obstruction in the large colon. Large colon impactions make up as much as 8-10% of all colic, but the cause in a large majority of the cases is not known.... Read More


Medicating for Equine Colic

May 01, 2006

When a horse shows signs of colic, his owner should call a veterinarian immediately to ensure that he receives the best treatment for the particular situation. Blikslager said evaluating the severity and duration of a horse's colic pain... Read More


Banamine IM Injections: More Than a Pain in the Neck

January 11, 2006

IM injections in horses are fairly easy to administer, and many horse owners find this route convenient, especially when a veterinarian is not available to give an intravenous shot. Vaccines, hyaluronic acid products, some antibiotics, sedatives, vit... Read More


AAEP For Education

November 01, 2005

This year's annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in Seattle, Wash., offers a myriad of educational opportunities for veterinarians and horse owners, and has a trade show that features new products and service... Read More


Decreasing Abdominal Adhesions

April 01, 2005

Post-operative abdominal adhesions are a significant problem in horses, as they can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation. In recent years, a laparoscope is used to look into the abdomen and break down any adhesions that have formed... Read More


Equine Colic (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 16, 2005

As one might expect in a gathering of equine veterinarians discussing colic, much of the Sunrise Session dedicated to the topic covered evaluation of the colicky horse to determine severity and decide on medical vs. surgical management.... Read More


BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More


Tegaserod Enhances Gut Motility in Horses

January 28, 2005

A recent study conducted at the University of Berne Equine Clinic in Switzerland demonstrated that the prokinetic (promoting movement) drug tegaserod stimulated gut motility and accelerated gastrointestinal transit in healthy horses. The study... Read More


Postoperative Colic Survival

January 18, 2005

Can a practitioner predict a horse's chances of survival after colic surgery? Not with absolute certainty, but several factors can help that prediction, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Nort... Read More


Colic in Geriatrics

January 18, 2005

Older horses are at higher risk for certain types of colic, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery in North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He reported on studies of older... Read More


Bute, Colitis, and Ulcers

January 01, 2005

The equine esophagus extends into the first one-third of the stomach, making horses susceptible to acid reflux disease. Naturally present bacteria can colonize in ulcers, and the stomach acid can keep them from healing.... Read More


Vets Prepared for Hurricanes

December 01, 2004

In the days leading up to Hurricane Frances' landfall in Florida, it became apparent that if Marion County were to sustain significant damage from the storm, there was no plan to address ensuing problems relative to the equine population. On... Read More


Retired Olympic Horse Euthanatized Following Complications

November 01, 2004

The retired Olympic horse Flim Flam passed away in Florida last week, following a brief, but irreparable illness. The 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Fritz Kundrun and ridden by Sue Blinks, was humanely euthanatized on the operating... Read More


Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

October 15, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare last week when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky, because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine infectious... Read More


Royal Kaliber Euthanatized In the Netherlands

October 08, 2004

Royal Kaliber, one of the United States' most brilliant horses ever to compete internationally in show jumping, was humanely euthanatized today (Oct. 8) in the Netherlands. The stallion underwent colic surgery for intestinal adhesions on... Read More


Minimizing Abdominal Adhesions

October 01, 2004

Small intestinal strangulation or distension colic can produce ischemia (lack of blood flow), depriving tissues of oxygen and nutrients. As blood flow is restored, known as reperfusion, newly circulating blood triggers several cellular reactions... Read More