A horse may be on the path to colic surgery if it:
- Has an elevated heart rate
- Has an increased respiration rate
- May or may not have an elevated temperature
- Has discolored gums (blue or bright red)
- Doesn’t respond to Banamine, Tubing, Manual Rectal Evacuation or other treatments
- Has No Gut Sounds
There are many different types, and severities, of colic. Colic refers to any sort of abdominal pain. Colic surgery is always a last resort, and not all cases are good candidates for surgery — regardless of severity. Statistically, only about 10 percent of colics result in surgical treatment. So breathe easier knowing there are many treatment options depending on the cause.