Horse Colic


Study Findings Could Improve Colic Diagnostics in Horses

October 13, 2015

The researchers are also seeking veterinarian and horse owner input for surveys on recognizing and diagnosing colic.... Read More


Researchers Review Impaction Colic Cases

October 08, 2015

Most impaction colics studied (53.4%) resolved without treatment or with simple medical therapy on the first visit.... Read More


Colic Basics: What You Should Know

September 18, 2015

Being prepared in advance can help horse owners handle this scary situation as well as possible.... Read More


On the Move With Your Horse

September 17, 2015

Before you hit the asphalt trail, consider these expert tips to make sure your horse arrives healthy and happy.... Read More


Options for Managing Equine Intestinal Pain

September 05, 2015

Veterinarians can't manage all colics with NSAIDs alone. Learn about the other medication options they have.... Read More


Pain Management in Horses

August 31, 2015

Dr. Anthony Blikslager offers insight to vets on recognizing horses in pain and covers drug therapy options.... Read More


Colic: First Things First

August 14, 2015

Here are the steps to take and information to gather when faced with a colicking horse. ... Read More


Diagnosing Colic in a 'FLASH'

July 31, 2015

Learn how vets use a technique called FLASH, a targeted abdominal ultrasound examination, to diagnose colic.... Read More


10 Hot Weather Horse Care Tips

June 15, 2015

Janet Johnston, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVS, shares 10 tips to keep horses comfy and safe in the summer heat.... Read More


Colic Surgery: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

June 12, 2015

While vets have made progress in improving colic surgery in the past 40 years, there are still improvements to be made.... Read More


Switching Horse Feeds Safely

May 15, 2015

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset.... Read More


Colic in Ophthalmic and Orthopedic Patients Compared

April 21, 2015

In the researchers' clinic colic incidence among each group of patients was not significantly different.... Read More

Larvae of <em>Strongylus vulgaris</em>, the bloodworm, migrate in the mesenteric arteries for about four months before returning to the intestine. Here, they cause inflammation and blood clots that can lead to severe colic. This parasite has not been reported resistant to dewormers and has become rare in managed horse populations.


New Test Helps Vets Evaluate Bloodworms' Link to Colic

April 17, 2015

Using a new test, researchers determined that bloodworms are associated with nonstrangulating intestinal infarctions.... Read More


Nutrition-Related Problems: Enteroliths

April 02, 2015

Enteroliths are stony formations that can block horses' digestive tracts and trigger colic signs.... Read More


Multiple Celiotomies in Short Span Yield a Guarded Prognosis

March 21, 2015

Horses undergoing multiple colic surgeries in a 14-day period are at greater risk for incisional infections.... Read More

Colic with small intestinal disease and peritoneal effusion, as seen on an ultrasound.


Ultrasound, Palpation per Rectum to Diagnose Colic

March 15, 2015

Learn how veterinarians can use these methods in concert to diagnose colic in horses.... Read More


Intercity Insurance, Equine Guelph Partner to Combat Colic

March 14, 2015

Equine Guelph and Intercity are providing online workshops and tools to help owners reduce colic risk.... Read More


Grayson-Jockey Club Funds Equine Research in 2015

March 10, 2015

Study topics include laminitis, foal pneumonia, stem cells, endometritis, joint issues, insulin resistance, and more.... Read More


Keys to Managing Colic Medically

February 22, 2015

The three main types of medical treatment for colic include fluid therapy, laxative administration, and pain management.... Read More


How Do I Prevent Impaction Colic During Winter Weather?

February 18, 2015

Colic is a threat to horses, especially during colder weather. Our experts share feeding and hydration tips.... Read More


Nutrition-Related Problems: Colic

February 15, 2015

Learn how a horse's diet can increase or decrease his risk of developing colic.... Read More


What's in a Supplement?

February 02, 2015

Here's what current research, or lack thereof, is telling us about common equine supplement ingredients.... Read More


Studying Emerging Diseases in the Equine Industry

January 30, 2015

Dr. Scott Weese studies microbial populations in the horses' digestive tracts, infection sources and carriers, and more.... Read More

Erin Venable, MS, PhD, assistant professor of equine science, with Cupid, one of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s cannulated horses.


SIU Research Looks to Solve Equine Colic Mystery

January 19, 2015

Erin Venable, MS, PhD, is using cannulated horses to learn what goes on in a horse's cecum.... Read More


Psyllium, Magnesium Sulfate's Sand Clearing Ability Studied

January 15, 2015

A psyllium/magnesium sulfate combination appears safe and effective for helping horses evacuate sand from their colons.... Read More