Large Colon

After exiting the cecum, the digesta enters the 10-12 foot long large colon for absorption of the bacteria produced nutrients formed in the cecum. Problems within the large intestine are the most common cause of colic in the horse. Signs of colic include: kicking at their abdomen, rolling, and a poor appetite. Colic requires immediate veterinary attention. Disorders causing large intestinal pain include: sudden diet changes (i.e.: grain excess), impactions from food (often related to poor dental health), enteroliths, displacements, infections (e.g.: Salmonella), Blister beetle toxicity, and parasites (e.g.: Strongyles).

Muskego Animal Hospital

fax: 262-679-3115
S80 W19055 Janesville Road
Muskego, WI 53150
Monday-Thursday: 8AM until 6PM
Friday 8AM-5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12PM

Wind Lake Animal Hospital

fax: 262-895-4536
7835 S. Loomis Road
Wind Lake, WI 53185
Monday through Friday 8AM until 5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12PM
*Evening appointments available by request*