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What Happens to my Horse at the Hospital?

Once at our hospital, your horse will be unloaded. The interns will then ask you some specific questions about your horse. A blood sample will be taken, usually from the side of your horses face. Your horse may then undergo various diagnostic proceedures. An ultrasound may be performed. The vet will spray your horses abdomen with alcohol to allow the ultrasound waves to penetrate. The aim of this is to asses the motility of your horses intestines and to asses any distention they may have.


Radiographs will also typically be performed. This is to look for the presence of sand or stones in your horses abdomen.


Your horse may also have gastroscopy performed. This involves placing a fiber optic endoscope into your horses stomach to see if their are any ulcers present.


The vet will then perform a rectal examination on your horse.


Depending on the severity of the colic and the results of your horses blood work, an intravenous catheter will be placed in your horses neck. This is to allow the administration of IV fluids.


Many cases of colic can be treated medically. However, a few require surgery. Your vet will discuss all the options with you during your visit to the hospital.

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