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post #1 of 67 Old 01-18-2012, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Impaction Colic Advice?

I need some advice for I.C. Considering I've read dozens of articles and all of them have a different answer. I've read where people prefer water over oil, where electrolytes are given, etc.

This has been going on since Sunday Evening. We called a vet out yesterday who gave him a gallon of mineral oil and some water. Previously I'd fought with the horse to get about 1/2 a gallon of oil in him, using a 32CC syringe on a horse that detests taking syringes into his mouth. He's 32 but he's still an ass even when he's in pain. Let's not even discuss the joys of using oral banamine.

I tried to find electrolyte paste to absolutely no luck - well not equine electrolyte paste. Would it be safe to use Bovine/Swine/Goat electrolytes? If so, I can get it.

He's drank a little bit of water and he's eaten a little bit and we've had a couple of turds fall out but that's about it. He hasn't been lying down as much either. We've tried massage, enemas. I just don't know what else is left to try. I need to get a vet out to run IV fluids on him, but the only vet that would respond to our emergency call lives 130 miles away, and the vet we used religiously has NEVER been able to respond to an emergency call out of the 5 times we've needed her because she's always out of town.

Surgery isn't an option.

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post #2 of 67 Old 01-18-2012, 02:29 PM
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I mix mineral oil in some soaked beet pulp and add epsom salts to that mix. You can either add horse electrolytes to that mix or put gatorade in the mash. I don't do a lot of electrolyte supplementing unless there's bloodwork showing that it's needed. If he's eating and drinking, he's probably ok on that score. The mineral oil & epsom salts will help put water in the intestine to help keep things moist and not let them cake. The epsom salt will make him thirsty to drink water. IV banamine is the way I'd go if you can't get paste down him. You can try hiding it in the beet pulp, but if you do I'd add some molasses maybe if he won't eat it.

If he's impacted really badly though, it may not resolve on its own and either surgery or euthanasia will end up being the only options. I'm sorry.

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When I have dealt with impaction colic, the vet has always tubed the horse with mineral oil, and then we would walk them for HOURS. I hope he gets better.
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I mix mineral oil in some soaked beet pulp and add epsom salts to that mix. You can either add horse electrolytes to that mix or put gatorade in the mash. I don't do a lot of electrolyte supplementing unless there's bloodwork showing that it's needed. If he's eating and drinking, he's probably ok on that score. The mineral oil & epsom salts will help put water in the intestine to help keep things moist and not let them cake. The epsom salt will make him thirsty to drink water. IV banamine is the way I'd go if you can't get paste down him. You can try hiding it in the beet pulp, but if you do I'd add some molasses maybe if he won't eat it.

If he's impacted really badly though, it may not resolve on its own and either surgery or euthanasia will end up being the only options. I'm sorry.
I WISH I could hide things in feed for this horse! It's impossible. I'm not comfortable giving IV injections, I'm sure I can do it but I'm just too much of a wimp to try. I usually just twitch him.

I've heard of the espom salts thing, and it's supposed to be a 'natural laxative'. I think i'll go out and buy some. THANKS! Apparently he just went and drank a ton of water in the pasture. Maybe he'll take a giant dump soon. I've never wished so hard for manure.

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post #5 of 67 Old 01-18-2012, 03:40 PM
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My horse went through impaction colic and it was soooo scary. What helped me was I had the vet come out and had them pump her with food grade mineral oil. They use a gallon and it helps out a lot. If I were you I would not feed your horse anything untill he passes the impaction. It can make it worse if so. Make sure you give him a salt block and fill the water up full and measure out how much he drinks.
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You can mix mineral oil into anything he will eat, it's tasteless which is why they tube them to get it in them, they can't tell they're swallowing it and they can aspirate. If it's in food it's not an issue. If you have to, you can twitch or lip chain him while you get the banamine in his mouth with the paste.

I'd have my vet show me how to do IV's until I wasn't squeamish, it can be a matter of life and death. Remember that if he is in enough pain and not passing the impaction, the vet will tell you that the only viable option is to euthanize.

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Yes, twitches and lip chains are a life saver with this horse. Worming. Tubing. Banamine.

We know there's a chance of euthanasia, and I really don't know when my mother is going to make that decision. If it has to happen, well then that's just the way it rolls. He's 32 as I said, and there is no sense to do a surgery on a horse that age. Mom's just giving him a chance I guess, even though he is THE most expensive horse to feed on our property.

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I lost a horse to impaction colic about 3 years ago. During the winter they drink less. Ever since then I work to prevent colic by adding mineral salt to their supplements/grain to make them drink more. Sorry to hear your having issues with it. I hope he gets through it.
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I recently dealt with an impaction colic that did not go well. I would get the vet out and get IV fluids into him STAT. The longer this goes on, the less chance for recovery there is. Liquid banamine can also be given orally, under the tongue or between the bottom lip & gums seems to be the most effective.
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post #10 of 67 Old 01-19-2012, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Update today:

We scheduled him to be euthanized and called the rendering truck... which is awful but the ground is frozen. However, he ate his entire dinner last night and drank nearly 5 gallons of water and chewed on some hay. I just went out and longed him a bit, and he passed a few feces and had some gas. He's drank about 1/4 of the 5 gallon bucket I have hanging for him.

I'm ordering a rectal exam by a vet our friend uses, and we'll be heading that way in the AM, where the vet plans to oil him until he passes. Our vet keeps suggesting Purdue or euthanasia but she's not been very helpful and all of the other things I've read have countered what she says quite a bit.

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