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The Truth About Horse Colic

Rolling horse in meadowEquine colic is a generally basic issue of the digestive framework. A clinical sign that there is something wrong or happening in the horse’s digestive system. Colic which means “abdominal pain”, is usually manifested by  pawing repeatedly with a front foot, rolling from side to side, lying down, loss of appetite and inability to poop by the horse suffering from it. It is a leading cause of death among horses.

Causes of Colic can vary and sometimes can be unknown.

Here are some of the known causes of horse colic (abdominal pain):

  • Strain on the tissue that supports the digestive system because of the digestive tract moving out of its typical position.
  • Irritation or ulceration in the stomach or digestive tract.
  • Aggravation creates which includes either the whole intestinal divider or the covering of the digestive tract.
  • Part of the digestive system has diminished blood stream, frequently as a consequence of going through a hernia or extreme curving of the digestive system.
  • The digestive tract and/or its blood supply has been hindered by food, sand (if horse is nourished on the ground where soil is sandy), foreign material or parasites.
  • Enteroliths (rock-like solidifications of material) had build up in the digestive organ.
  • The digestive intestinal wall was extended too much by gas, fluid, or partially digested food.

The key to avoiding horse colic is through preventing it to happen. Proper hygiene and sanitation is crucial in the care of the horse. Strengthening your horse’s gut and flora with probiotics for horses enables the digestive system to fight infectious diseases that horses can easily get anywhere. It all starts in the gut and keeping it healthy!

 

Credit:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/pethealth/horse_disorders_and_diseases/digestive_disorders_of_horses/colic_in_horses.html

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