Keeping a horse as a domestic animal may seem like a fun idea, but it’s a lot more than that. It is a big responsibility to keep a horse, and very difficult to keep it healthy and happy. Horses have very specific requirements that need to be fulfilled, otherwise they might fall ill. Therefore, it is important that people educate themselves properly when considering the idea of getting a horse.
Colic is a very basic symptom to know the signs of as it indicates different problems of the gastronomical tract. However, many horse owners are not even aware of what to look for to know if their horse has developed colic.
Colic Represents Multiple Issues
According to a recent research conducted in Britain, about 61% of horse owners thought that they recognized colic but many were unable to diagnose it properly. Colic represents all kinds of abdominal pain involving the gastronomical area. It should never be ignored because it is one of the biggest causes of premature horse death.
Colic surgery is quite expensive, as it is a major abdominal surgical procedure. By definition, colic means abdominal pain, and is very common among horses.
It’s Simple to Recognize Colic
A proper diagnosis can only be carried out by a trained vet, however owners should be able to identify the symptoms in order to make a call to the vet. Owners should be on a constant lookout for abnormal behavior from a horse such as lying on its back, rolling, or pawing.
It may prove wise to keep a first aid kit in the barn. A stethoscope can be used to identify unusual abdominal sounds. Heart rate is also an important colic indicator. An increased heart rate is a definite sign of the problem, and should be further investigated. Another sign is dry or tacky mucous membrane. If an owner is able to identify these things correctly, it is unlikely that they will be unaware when their horse is suffering from colic.
Possible Causes of Colic
Colic can be a symptom for all sorts of ailments. It can mean something as harmless as gas buildup in the colon to something as complex as a tumor in the abdominal area. A common reason for colic is excessive ingestion of sand by the horse, so it is advisable to put the hay on a clean surface when feeding the horse to avoid sand intake. Dehydration is also a common reason of colic which causes pain while food moves through the digestive tract. Other possible causes are parasites, stones or tumor in the digestive tract.
It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that their horse stays as healthy as possible. Many owners are unaware of the signs of equine colic, resulting in prolonged suffering and possibly death of the horse. Owners should talk to their vets in detail to properly identify colic so that timely decisions can be made. However, this painful condition can be easily avoided if the owner takes some simple steps like making sure the horse has plenty of fresh water to drink and the food is as clean as possible.
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