Handbook of Equine Colic

Handbook of Equine Colic

By G. B. Edwards, BVSC, DvetMed, FRCVS, Professor of Equine Studies, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science & Animal Husbandry, University of Liverpool, UK; and N. A. White, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Surgery, Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Leesbsurg, VA


Definition and causes of colic: Definition; Incidence and mortality; Risk factors for colic; Classificaiton of colic; Causes of colic; Examination of the horse: Introduction; History; Physical examination; Laboratory examinations; Ancillary examinations; Summary of possible causes of colic; The decision for surgery; Medical treatments: Analgesia; Hydration; Endotoxic shock; Modulation of intestinal motility; Feeding; Management of specific diseases: Ileus/spasmodic colic; Small intestine; Large intestine; Small colon; Peritonitis; Anterior enteritis; Colitis; Gastrointestinal ulcers; Prognosticating the equine acute abdomen: Introduction; Chances of immediate survival; Prognosis for short- and long term survival; Husbandry and prevention: Diet and management; Parasites; Colic risk factors; Index.