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Medical Colic Management: What to Know

An Unwanted Impact

A look at how and where impaction colic happens and what measures might reduce a horse’s risk.

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Impaction Colic: Blocking the Way

Impaction colic is caused by a blockage that forms due to feed material obstruction in the large colon. Large colon impactions make up as much as 8-10% of all colic, but the cause in a large majority of the cases is not known.

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AAEP For Education

This year’s annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in Seattle, Wash., offers a myriad of educational opportunities for veterinarians and horse owners, and has a trade show that features new products and service

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Administering Foal Enemas

With a newborn foal, you observe a checklist of progressive behaviors: Regular breaths, ears up, standing, and nursing. Once the foal has survived these adjustments to life after birth, you’re tempted to sigh with relief (and go back to bed!).

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Colic: To Walk Or Not To Walk

Despite what has been passed down through the years, it is acceptable for a colicky horse to lie down. Furthermore, it is considered unlikely that the horse will twist the intestines by rolling.

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The Epidemiology Of Colic

Because there are so many causes for colic, epidemiology can be helpful in determining those things that are associated with an increased risk of colic. In some cases, it also can help identify the cause.

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