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Colic Symptoms in Horses

The Last Ride discusses Colic in Horses

Colic is a serious condition that can be fatal to a horse if left untreated. As such, it is important to recognize the signs of colic while also gaining a better understanding the various types of colic that may affect your horse.

Many people are surprised to learn that the term “colic” is actually a catchall name for several different types of digestive conditions that can affect a horse. Some of the most common forms of colic include:

  • Blockage of the intestines caused by improper food or foreign objects in the intestines
  • Excessive gas in the intestines, which is typically caused by a rapid change in diet
  • Twisted intestine, which normally requires surgery to correct
  • Gastrointestinal parasites

Colic Symptoms

Regardless of the causes, it is essential to seek treatment right away in order to give your horse the best chance for survival. Some of the symptoms typically associated with colic include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Stretching the legs from the body
  • Pacing
  • Pawing the ground
  • Getting up and down
  • Frequent rolling
  • Repeated fiehmen response
  • Teeth clenching
  • Nipping
  • Salivation

Unfortunately, even your best efforts may not be enough and you may lose your beloved friend. If this happens, you want to be sure to use the most respectful and experienced large animal removal service available. Contact The Last Ride for the best large animal removal service Arizona has to offer.