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Equine Colic Associated with Sand Impaction of the Large Colon

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In most cases the outcome of impaction of the colon is favourable and with mild purging and lubrication, the mass can be broken down and the horse returned to normal health. It is important to reevaluate impaction cases which neither deteriorate or improve in a 24 hour period and to perform a paracentesis to evaluate the etiology and prognosis. A decision of euthanasia or surgical correction should be made as early as possible. Though initially stable, vital signs will deteriorate rapidly without warning. A critical evaluation of the client's farm management can prevent many impaction colics and the service practitioners provide is not complete unless the necessary changes are made.

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