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Colic: Part 1

October 2016 by Dr Kylie Schaaf, BVSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Equine Surgery), WestVETS Animal Hospital and Reproduction Centre

“I think my horse has colic...” These are the words many horse owners worry about. Colic means pain in the abdomen, but it is a clinical sign, rather than a diagnosis. From impaction colic or sand colic to twisted bowel, gas build up or parasite infestation, colic is the number one killer of horses worldwide.

In this two-part series, Dr Kylie Schaaf from WestVETS Animal Hospital & Equine Reproduction Centre outlines the essential information that every horse owner should know about this potentially fatal condition. 

Signs of colic