EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

C. One of the big­gest mis­takes you can make when your horse col­icks is to med­i­cate him with­out spe­cific in­struc­tions from your vet­eri­nar­ian. A painkiller can mask a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous colic, mak­ing an ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis very dif­fi­cult. But there are things you can safely do while you wait—turnout with a calm, friendly herd­mate can be re­as­sur­ing to a col­icky horse, and if he wants to lie down qui­etly, there’s no rea­son to stop him. Mon­i­tor his vi­tal signs in­clud­ing his tem­per­a­ture, if you can do so safely, and pass the informatio­n you gather along to your vet­eri­nar­ian once he ar­rives.

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