WVC 92nd Annual Conference
Equine Colic: To Refer or Not Refer, That Is the Question
The term colic refers to clinical signs of abdominal pain in the horse. There is a surplus of causes for equine colic and the clinical signs can manifest themselves in multiple forms. This makes the diagnosis as a veterinarian not always straight forward. Many colic cases can be treated medically and resolve spontaneously; however, some colic cases require surgical treatment. Any delay in diagnosis can prolong pain and affect the outcome for the horse. Since colic is still one of the most common causes of mortality in horses, it is important to know when to refer or not refer. In this talk we will describe the important clinical signs in the horse and the diagnostic tests available to make the decision to refer. In addition, we will discuss the advancements in surgical management and post-operative care to improve outcome even further.