10 Tips for Preventing Colic

Colic is not a disease, but rather a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse. Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be ignored. Many of the conditions that cause colic can become life threatening in a relatively short period of time. Only by quickly and accurately recognizing colic — and promptly seeking qualified veterinary help — can the chance for recovery be maximized.
Virtually any horse is susceptible to colic; although not every case is avoidable, management plays a key role in prevention and the guidelines listed in the graphic can help maximize your horse’s health and reduce the risk of colic.
For more information about colic prevention and treatment, consult your equine veterinarian. Additional colic information is also available on our website at aaep.org
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