Colic Treatment

Colicing horse
gastrointestinal passage way in the horse
Digestive system in the horse

Gastrointestinal Issues

Second to lameness, gastrointestinal issues (GI) are the most common reason for veterinary examinations.  Most common GI diseases include:


 a) spasmodic

 b) impactions

 c) displacements

 d) strangulating lesions

These are a few of the common conditions we see in our clinic.  Most cases of colic will be medically managed and not require surgery, but unfortunately some cases are surgical and it is our goal to quickly and effectively diagnose your horse in order to arrange shipping and maximize survival if surgery is required.  Most horses will show signs of being “not quite right” by lying down, pawing, looking at their belly, showing anxious or painful behaviour, striking out, repeatedly going up and down.  If any of these signs are seen it is always best to phone and speak to a veterinarian.  We routinely treat horses in the field and in the clinic using pain management, fluid therapy (orally and intravenously), repeated blood work and examinations, walking and monitoring, various intravenous therapies and lunging.

Other various GI conditions we see include:



-renal disease

-liver and biliary disease

-gastric ulceration

-choke (esophageal obstruction)

This is a short list of some of the GI disease we would routinely treat and see in our clinic. We routinely utilize ultrasound and a thorough approach when looking at GI cases in order to make the most appropriate decisions about therapy and monitoring.