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post #1 of 4 Old 10-21-2009, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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If this is colic - what do I need to be doing till morning?

Okay, we aren't sure what is going on with our gelding - Happy.
We met the vet about an hour ago for Bute and Equioxx. At that time, all I had noted was seeming lameness in the back feet, warm around the back of the hooves, and listlessness and a bit of what I felt was tenderness in the abdominal area closer to the hindend.
The vet met us with the meds, told us to give the Equioxx tonight, give Bute at 10 am and call him - if nothing was improved, he'd be out during the afternoon.
Then we get back here, and we can really hear serious gas in the gut - no rolling, laying down, or acting like there is severe pain though.
Also, A few night ago when we brought him in to stall him - for a moment, my husband and I thought he seemed to be a bit lame in the back feet, so I check him out then - but then he went on walking as usual, and I hadn't noticed it since, but he has been stalled.

The vet, when we called back about the gas noises, said he'd have had us to banamine if we'd not given teh Equioxx already, but we had. He said watch him - my husband is as I write this - and call him back in one hour.

What might we do if the vet isn't out until noon tomorrow?
Could we really be dealing with laminitis and colic?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-21-2009, 09:58 PM
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Yes, you could really be dealing with laminitis and colic. Monitor Happy's temperature, heart rate and respiration rate. If his heart rate is elevated above 45 beats per minute you need to call your vet immediately and let him know. Also make sure that his gums are pink and moist.

Keep him away from all food, but allow water. Note bowel movements, but don't be fooled into thinking that poop= no colic.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-21-2009, 10:08 PM
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Ryle is right...and if he does show signs of colic or starts to roll I would start walking him an not stop till the vet arrives... at the very least dont let him roll if you cant make him walk...you said he seemed a bit lame...

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-22-2009, 06:27 AM
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It sounds like it could be both to me. Like previous post saod - monitor temp, heart rate, gums and maure output.
Keep us posted!

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