Colic can be caused by various possible occurrences such as a blockage caused by constipation or foreign body, a build up of gases due to parasites or diet and colic caused by the ingestion of too much sand when there isn't sufficient grass.
Colic cases are normally treated with medication first to try to resolve the issue however those needing surgery are usually operated on quickly and kept under anaesthesia for as short a time as possible. The risks associated with anaesthesia in horses are greater than in humans or dogs, and these risks are even greater with colic, due to the harmful effects of toxins released from the intestines.
Bergriver Vet has a fully equipped horse theatre that can be used in he event that a horse has colic which requires surgical intervention. Our success rate for these surgeries is good with Dr Triegaardts extensive experience in this particular surgery.