AVC to Host Equine Colic Workshop

Equine colic is more than just a belly ache. Few illnesses strike fear in the heart of a horse owner like colic. But the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is hoping to help owners better understand this dangerous disease with a free workshop on the topic.

A common disorder of the equine digestive system, colic causes more premature deaths in horses than any other disease. Horses with colic can suffer from severe abdominal pain and are sometimes found writhing in agony in their stall or on the ground. Clinical signs include pawing, rolling, bloating, sweating, distress, uneasiness, loss of interest in food and water, lack of manure production, and the absence of gut sounds. It is likely that most horses will have at least one episode at some time in their life.

Kathleen MacMillan, DVM, MSc, of the at University of Prince Edward Island's AVC Equine Ambulatory Service, will present a community workshop about this painful and potentially deadly equine condition on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., in Lecture Theatre A. She will present information on recognizing signs of colic, different types, how the illness is diagnosed and treated, and ways to reduce the risk of occurrences.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Donations to the AVC Friends and Family will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact 902/566-0589.

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