Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Days after he was symptomatic?? By then he has either passed it, the intestines have had bruising, necrosis, twisted, ruptured and/or the horse has died.
It may help if another impaction is forming. But if it is a colic he is experiencing now - the outcome/resolution will have probably occurred by the weekend. That would be like having gas or a migraine today and saying you will take something for it in a few days or so. The one you are experiencing now will have probably resolved by then, thus too late. If it hasn't then you may have some serious complication now that may not have occured if you had taken something for it at the onset.
I have seen horses lay down and give up with a belly ache. I can't tell you how many doc has opened up and the impaction would have passed, but the horse gave up - there were no twists or ruptured intestines. Inflammation, yes.
The intestine is very sensitive to blood loss. If there is a lot of pressure on the walls of the intestine from an impaction or a huge amount of gas, then that will comprimise the blood flow, especially if a lot of loops are filled and compressed together too. The intestine can start to die within a couple of hours or less.
I am not saying that is what this horse is experiencing colic, but if it is it will be over by the weekend. If it isn't over by then, then that horse is probably going to be in some major trouble by then.
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