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  • Is it bad if my horse colics twice in a couple days?
  • How do vets determine if colic surgery is needed

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    05-05-2012, 07:57 PM
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Advice Needed - Colic?

Please note, I am not using the Horse Forum as a vet and I have had a vet to my horse. I am simply hoping for more suggestions. Thankyou.

History:Okay, a bit of a history. Chinga seems to be a bit of a colic prone horse. But the vets put this down to being sensitive to changes, which made sense. So we just made sure that all changes in his lifestyle were very unstressful and slow. He gets colic about twice a year, never very serious though.

Last time Chinga got colic, on the 3rd of February. The vets came out, it wasn't severe but it wasn't very good either. However, the vets medically treated it and within a few days he recovered. The only issue we had was that he wasn't drinking, in the end this was easily resolved. We couldn't really work out what caused this colic - no sudden changes in the weather, no changes in feed, etc. It was a very average day in the life for Chinga.

Current situation: On the 2nd of May, Chinga got colic again. He got it quite badly, the vet was quickly caused and he was given pain relief and we also discovered he had a small amount of reflux. However, it wasn't enough to be concerned about. The vets warned us that he may need to have surgery, if the situation wasn't medically resolved. He had a raised temperature and his heart rate was quite normal. However - after pain relief and giving him some oil (which I cannot remember the name of now!), he settled down and returned to normal. I rested him for a few days and he was a normal, happy healthy horse - all his vital signs were good.

This morning, I went out to visit him and he was laying down in his paddock (a normal thing for him, his very lazy). Once I approached him, I realized he wasn't very well. I'm currently waiting for the vet to call me back. He's not happy, he is very sensitive to touch on his stomach and doesn't show his normal 'OMGZFOODS' symptoms. We've moved him into a paddock by himself, so we can see his water and bathroom levels. I was just wondering if anyone has any insight on what could be going on? This time, it doesn't seem like his 'normal' colic symptoms. It's different.

There's no change in his feed, all is good quality, etc.
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    05-05-2012, 08:00 PM
How unfortunate... I've never really had any experience with bad colic...

Fingers crossed and praying he's going to be back to himself as soon as possible!
    05-05-2012, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Has your vet ruled out enteritis? An abdominal ultrasound could be diagnostically beneficial.
    05-05-2012, 09:18 PM
My horse would do the same thing... Unfortunately he did get a bad case of colic. We figured we had some dramatic change in weather and his system couldn't handle it. Hoping your horse gets better soon!
    05-05-2012, 09:27 PM
Green Broke
Do you know of he has had a previous colic surgery? We had a mare who had had a colic surgery that her previous owners had not told us about. Anyway, the surgery caused adhesions in her intestines which made her colic every year. We figured /t out because she had tine hernias from the stitches popping, and when we took her to the vet and they shaved her belly for an ultrasound, there was a scar.

So if he has had a colic surgery, it could be causing problems for him.

I hope he gets better soon and you figure everything out.
    05-05-2012, 09:45 PM
I know a horse who I guess just has a tendency to colic. She already had to have colic surgery once. She tends to colic if she has too much food, so her intake has to be limited. It's almost like whatever part of her brain tells her she's full is slow to kick in, so she ends up eating more than she should. When the grass is very sugary she also tends to be colicky.

Side note: Your horse's name is a Spanish cussword!
    05-05-2012, 09:54 PM
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Chingazmyboy knows about the cussword thingy.

So sorry, Chingaz, that you are dealing with this. I have no knowledge, thus no advice. But cyber hugs, dear. Keep up updated,

    05-05-2012, 10:35 PM
Have your vet do an ultrsound to check for any kind or issue, structural or something like ulcers. A mare I worked with was super sensitive, and coliced very frequently, turns out she had a intestinal issue and ulcers and required surgery, better safe than sorry, hoping for the best for you two!!
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    05-05-2012, 10:54 PM
The few things I thought of have already been mentioned, so hugs to you and hugs to Chinga.....
    05-05-2012, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
So, this morning Chinga was taken to stay at the vets until he gets better, over the next few days they'll be doing blood tests and ultrasounds. :(
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