these lipomas will swing on their stalk
and wrap themselves around a section
of intestine, cutting off blood flow
and preventing the passage of feed.
DIAGNOSIS: Your veterinarian may
strongly suspect a twist by rectal palpation. Loops of distended bowel can
often be felt, and certain anatomical
identifiers can clue your vet in to what
part of the digestive tract is where.
Rectal findings in addition to clinical signs such as dehydration status,
mucous membrane color, and heart
rate can tell your veterinarian a lot
about what’s going on inside. Sometimes, an abdominocentesis (a belly
tap) is performed. This can tell your
veterinarian the extent of abdominal
inflammation, an indicator of the
gravity of the situation.
TREATMENT: A true twist is
diagnosed and treated via abdominal
surgery. Fortunately, twists are not as
common as the more easily treated
Spasmodic colic is sometimes the most
violent-appearing colic, but it’s also
the easiest to treat. Occasionally, due
to diet change or alteration in physical
activity, stress or environment, excessive gas will build up in a horse’s colon.
DIAGNOSIS: As it slowly moves
through, this gas distension can cause
severe abdominal pain. Often, a
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