Colic, Bloating & Gas

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Colic, Bloating & Gas

Symptoms:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Abdominal distension
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain worse with eating or drinking
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Pawing
  • Bending neck to look at belly
  • Kicking at or biting belly
  • Laying down and/or rolling
  • Cinchyness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue

Causes:

  • Feed Intolerances
  • Over-eating
  • Infrequent feedings
  • Mal-Digestion
  • Eating sand (sand colic)
  • Dehydration
  • Probiotic deficiency
  • Parasites – Refer to Parasite Page
  • Intestinal Bacteria
  • Ulcers – Refer to Ulcers Page
  • Leaky gut (cecal acidosis) – Refer to Leaky Gut Page
  • Stress and/or emotional upset
  • Owner Stress and/or emotional upset

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition:

  • Immediately identify and eliminate all possible feed problems
  • Eliminate all grain and commercial feeds
  • Eliminate alfalfa
  • Eliminate all dietary fats and oils
  • Feed hay from slow feeders 24/7 to ensure the intake of small frequent meals
  • Always ensure adequate drinking water especially in the winter

Recommended Remedies – dosage as per labels:

  • Pro-Colon probiotics – Restores intestinal ecosystem, discourages unfriendly bacteria, improves nutrient absorption, helps with leaky gut and/or intestinal inflammation
  • Gastricol – Fast-acting relief – dissipates gas, relieves pain and spasms, liver drainage, stimulates digestion and peristalsis
  • Magnesium Citrate – Anti-spasmodic and pain relief for acute and/or chronic colic
  • Vitamin B12 – Colon support, diarrhea, constipation, appetite stimulant, liver detoxifier, weight loss, leaky gut
  • Pro-Dygest – Colon cleanser and detoxifier, heals intestinal walls, leaky gut

Special Notes:

  • Do not stall or confine a horse with colic
  • Keep your horse walking if safe for you and your horse to do so
  • Reduce stress levels

Avoid the over-use of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, steroids and chemical de-wormers (unless they are parasitic) – all of these medications alter the colonic eco-system.