Horse Colic


2001 Kentucky Derby Winner Monarchos Recovering From Surgery

April 21, 2011

Monarchos, the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering from colic surgery performed April 19 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington, Ky. He stands at Charles Nuckols III's Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.
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Horse Colic Prognosis Using Lactate Levels (AAEP 2010)

March 19, 2011

Monitoring lactate levels in samples of peritoneal fluid can help a vet predict which colicky horses require surgery.... Read More


AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More


Gastrointestinal Tract

March 17, 2011

Topics regarding the horse's gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the 2010 AAEP Convention. ... Read More


Colic Surgery and Intestinal Lubricants (AAEP 2010)

March 15, 2011

Colicky horses that undergo exploratory surgery and are ultimately diagnosed with an ileal impaction appear to benefit from a single injection of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) into the ileum to resolve the problem, according to veterinarians from ... Read More


Colic Surgery Closures: Sutures or Staples? (AAEP 2010)

February 23, 2011

Customarily, veterinarians close the intestinal wall following colic surgery in horses using either sutures or staples. But which is best? According to Julie Rosser, DVM, it's a tie: Staples are just as effective as the traditional method of ... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.


Postpartum Problems in Mares

February 01, 2011

Post-foaling problems caused by dystocia and other factors can be serious and immediate treatment is critical.... Read More


Cold Weather Colic in Horses

January 28, 2011

Cold winds and changing winter weather might not seem like contributing factors for equine colic; however, these conditions can foster changes in routine and eating habits that could affect your horse's well-being. "A common wintertime equine health ... Read More


Recurrent Colic Diagnosis

January 17, 2011

Recurrent colic in horses can be caused by parasites, ulcers, sand buildup, impactions, and other factors.... Read More


Measuring for Clotting Disorders Might Help Predict Outcome for Colicky Horses

November 30, 2010

A simple blood test to measure plasma D-Dimer concentration in horses with colic might help veterinarians predict severity and outcome of cases, as concentrations are higher in horses with severe gastrointestinal disease, according to a group of ... Read More


Improving Gastrointestinal Tract Healing in Horses after Colic

November 29, 2010

Cutting-edge research conducted on microscopic tunnels in horses' intestinal walls has revealed that these channels play a key role in helping intestines heal after life-threatening colic episodes.

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Lethargic Horse, Trouble Urinating, What Is It?

November 01, 2010

I have a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that is lethargic and has trouble urinating. He is stretching a lot... Read More


Study: Colic Surgery Survival Rates in Geriatric Horses

October 23, 2010

Advances in nutrition and medicine are allowing our equine companions to live longer than ever, more years to ... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Colic Questions Recording Now Available

October 19, 2010's Ask the Vet LIVE session on Common Colic Questions, held on Oct. 13, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on colic causes, risk factors, prevention, and treatment, and more were answered by veterinarians... Read More


Common Colic Questions

October 19, 2010

All about colic, from when to call the vet to how well horses recover from surgery.... Read More


Causal Relationship Between Cribbing and Colic Examined

October 18, 2010

Scientists have established the link between cribbing (also called windsucking) and colic, but a "causal" relationship between the two remains to be proven say researchers from the University of California, Davis. Colic is an important and often ... Read More


Feeding Horses After Colic Surgery

October 01, 2010

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of managing a horse following colic surgery. Horse owners should follow basic feeding principles and tailor some elements toward the horse's specific condition to create an optimal recovery environment.... Read More


WEG: A Few Health Incidents at the Start

September 26, 2010

Full recoveries expected, says a World Equestrian Games veterinarian. A. Kent Allen, DVM, the chief veterinary-services coordinator for WEG, gave away one of the horse-health-related... Read More


Recurrent Colic Diagnosis for Horses

September 01, 2010

Recurrent colic is typically defined as three or more episodes of transient or prolonged colic occurring over a period of months or upwards of a year. Although a practitioner cannot always determine a definitive etiology without exploratory surgery... Read More


Lawsonia intracellularis

August 12, 2010

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UK Graduate Students Nab Top Three Emerging Scientist Awards

July 17, 2010

Three University of Kentucky College of Agriculture graduate students that are researching forage were awarded the top three spots in the Emerging Scientist competition during the American Forage and Grassland Co... Read More


Tapeworm-Colic Link Discovered

May 22, 2010

Evidence supporting a link between the equine tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata and colic in hores. ... Read More


Cecal Impaction: Surgery Can Make a Difference

May 02, 2010

Horses with life-threatening cecal impactions only have a fair prognosis after surgery, but those that survive to discharge have a good prognosis, reported a group of veterinarians led by Lewis C.R. Smith, BVetMed, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, from Ros... Read More


Colic in Horses

May 01, 2010

Colic is a catch-all phrase in horses that means they have mild or severe discomfort in their abdomens.... Read More


Scientists Consider Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Horses

April 30, 2010

Horses could suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) like humans do, hypothesized human gastroenterologist John Hunter, MD, from the Gastoenterology Research Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

In humans, IBS is ext... Read More