Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
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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