Colic in horses can be caused by a number of factors but lifestyle and diet often play a big part. Wild horses evolved to graze throughout the day but domesticated horses tend to move less and eat more at set times. This can cause problems when food ferments in a horse’s gut, causing uncomfortable bloating and pressure. Additionally, because horses can’t vomit, toxins and indigestible foods can get stuck in the intestines and absorbed in to the bloodstream. Vets have to act quickly to stop the condition from worsening.
But luckily for Abir and his owner, SPANA vets caught his colic early and the solution to his intense discomfort was simple – general painkillers, anti-spasmodic medicine, and plenty of fluids and paraffin oil. SPANA vets explained how important it is to feed Abir high quality grains and grass and to prevent parasites with medicine. Gatoussi brought his horse home to rest for several days and before long, Abir was free from pain and on the mend.
SPANA has been working and treating animals in Tunisia since 1925, and our three veterinary centres and three mobile clinics treat around 23,000 animals a year. Read more about our work in Tunisia.