Starving a pony for 12-24 hours

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Starving a pony for 12-24 hours

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  • My horse has had colic for 24hrs should i have him put to sleep
  • Starve a horse for 24 hours

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    02-04-2013, 08:02 AM
Starving a pony for 12-24 hours

Before anyone jumps down my throat this is on vets orders.

Dinky my Miniature Shetland colic this morning quite badly so of course we had the vet out. The vet gave her three different injection as she was really quite ill then said she can't have anything to eat for 12-24 hours. My question is, is this safe, I am doing a nutrition course that said that if they don't eat almost constantly their small intestine call get knotted.

I know I shouldn't be questioning the vet but the vet practice we use has just gotten a new vet that I have never used before so don't know what he is like as I have done 2 weeks work experience as the vets so know them all really well but this new one.
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    02-04-2013, 08:06 AM
Green Broke
Absolutely safe.
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    02-04-2013, 08:07 AM
Thank you just checking as I don't want her to get ill again.
    02-04-2013, 10:42 AM
Same thing happened to me once. It was hard for me to withhold food for 24 hours but he wasn't interested in eating at all. Just do what you have to to get him drinking.
    02-04-2013, 10:52 AM
She hasn't drunk anything yet but as her water is in a bucket I can keep a close eye on that. She wants to eat and seams very hungry but she wont get anything till tomorrow as it isn't worth the risk of loosing her, she has two different mineral licks in there with her she likes and the water and that is it, I even changed her bedding from straw to sawdust so she doesn't eat it.
She is putting on the most pitiful face ever when I go to check on her.
    02-04-2013, 11:21 AM
Green Broke
I wouldn't consider this "starving" the horse, but making them fast, just like a human would do before having surgery, or having specific types of blood work done.

More food on top of a blockage could be bad.
    02-04-2013, 11:31 AM
I know it doesn't count as starving but to me it feels like it.
    02-04-2013, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
I've had to do it before on vets advice. Makes you feel awful but in cases of colic can actualy save thier life.

Pride went 48hrs Nill by mouth and I didnt sleep a wink the entire time. He had bad spasmodic colic and we came very close to having him PTS but he got through it and went on to live anouther 4 years (he was 29 when he died)
    02-04-2013, 11:38 AM
Green Broke
It's fine and it certainly isn't starving. Like Velvet said if she is still has a blockage you don't want to add to it. She can get a nasty infection from food sitting in her intestines.
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    02-04-2013, 12:16 PM
She hasn't poo'd since the vet has been but then she hasn't had anything to eat, she hasn't touched her water either though, she did however poo just before he came but just went down again.
Faye I am sorry to hear out Pride.
She is looking much better every hour and more active she has taken trying to escape when I go in there now but it could just be the pain killers she had been given.

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