I would just like to hear any information you have about colic. For future use as well to maybe help my boy if he gets it again.
I want to raise horses - so this would also be great info for when I graduate and have enough money to do so.
Talk to your vet and create a tactical plan with his recommendation for how to handle suspected/potential colic.
This is the typical plan that we use...
have Banamine on hand.
- Take the horse's temperature and note the horse's behavior, lethargic, pawing/rolling/etc, eating, drinking, passing manure, etc.
A horse that is down and won't get up is always
an emergency call to the vet. Thump your horse on the nose if you have to. They hate that and it takes a really sick/feeling bad horse to not get up with a nose thumping.
- We'll give Banamine right away
. It is very effective and works quickly.
- Observe the horse for 30 minutes, retake temperature, and note behavior.
- In my experience, this will handle most cases of mild colic. We just keep an eye on them for the next day and don't call the vet.
If the horse does not show marked improvement after 30 minutes, or is getting worse, we make an emergency call to the vet to discuss, and follow the vet's recommendation.
Again, this is just our plan. Talk to your vet about his professional advice. Your vet may want to come out and perform common procedures to "cover" all the bases (e.g. Rectal exam, tubing, electrolytes, antibiotics, etc).
Finally, when you create your plan, take into account your vet's availability and reliability and always have the number of a backup vet. We are lucky to have a very good, reliable vet. For an emergency or anything urgent, we call his cell phone directly, and he has never
failed to answer his phone, even when out of town or on vacation. If he feels he needs to come out, he will be on the road here immediately even if it means being in the "dog house" with his wife for ruining an evening out together. I know other vets, however, they can be very cranky if you "disturb" them and are reluctant to make farm calls in the evening/night/holidays/bad weather/etc.