REACT Now to Beat Colic

November 2020

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Colic accounts for one in three emergency vet call outs to horses. Colic is used to describe clinical signs of abdominal pain or discomfort in the horse. Recognising the earlier signs of colic means veterinary treatment can start sooner. Most cases can be resolved relatively quickly with appropriate treatment, but some will be critical with potentially severe consequences. Conditions that affect the blood supply to the intestine become a race against time, and the earlier the problem is recognised and treated, the better the chance of survival.

Are you Ready to REACT if your horse had a critical case of colic? Would you know what to do if your horse needed to be referred to an equine hospital? Would the cost of the hospital treatment and/or surgery be covered by your insurance? If the yard manager can’t contact you, do they know what you would want to happen to your horse? Have you got transport or details of 24/7 transport companies? Would you refer your horse or would you decide euthanasia? It is important to make an informed decision now, rather than a panicked, emotional decision.

For further advice on a wide range of issues related to colic, watch our series of webinars available to view on the BHS Facebook Video Playlist.

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Horse owners, or the main person responsible for the care of horses, play a vital role in recognising the early signs of colic. Colic cases can quickly deteriorate so early recognition and prompt veterinary attention is vital to increase the chance of recovery for the horse. If you notice any change in your horse’s behaviour or your horse is showing signs of distress, think REACT and contact your vet:


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