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post #11 of 13 Old 05-21-2011, 11:01 AM
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Agreed, colic is not a disease unto itself, it is only a symptom.

As a fever is not an illness unto itself, it is only a warning signal of an illness. Many medical conditions cause fever, many medical conditions cause colic...

I was defined on hospital records as having colic when my gall bladder had filled up with gall stones and caused me severe pain.


BTW....colic is defined in the dictionary as severe abdominal pain. A tummy ache....which can be caused by a number of things....some transient, some not.
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-22-2011, 01:38 AM
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I should have read what i wrote, I meant it to mean that colic is not a disease, but a symptom. Peritonitis, twisted gut, obstruction all those can lead to colic.
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Very sorry for your loss.
What I would suggest is reading up on dealing with colic so you might be better prepared (knock on wood) if there is a next time. Things such as getting the horse up and moving if they're trying to roll and other things you might be able to do.
It sounds like the mare was too far gone regardless, but it is always good to have colic knowledge in your arsenal.
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