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Colic is still a serious disease equine population despite advances in parasite control  and improvements in feeding practices. Acute cases can often be traced to management practices or to painful ulcers. Ultrasound examination of the colic patient has improved the decision-making and diagnostic evaluation especially when deciding whether to go to surgery or to continue with medical management.

Chronic colic, with two to three or more episodes per year can be a little more difficult to pin down an exact cause and consequently a pharmaceutical treatment plan. In many cases of chronic colic in addition of probiotics and pre-biotics can help restore intestinal flora to a healthier state. Some herbs can combat inflammation and help heal the gut wall.





The following nutraceuticals or natural/herbal formulas can also provide effective preventative treatment for your equines against colic.





Integrative Medicine


» Blue-green algae (or spirulina): A recommended supplement additive for your horse’s feed particularly if there is a scarcity of grass for them to graze on. This supplement will provide extra vitamin B12 in your equine’s daily feed and especially help equines that do not have access to constant and sustainable pasture.


» Herbal digestive aids:


1. Dandelion: Aids in better digestive conditions; grow your own and give your horse a few fresh leaves every day.


2. Peppermint/Spearmint: Relaxes the digestive tract muscles; grown your own and give your horse some fresh leaves every day.


3. Burdock: Stimulates digestion; use only the powdered form.


4. Fenugreek: Helps ease digestive problems; give one cup of the dried   herb. NOTE: Do not give to pregnant mares because it stimulates the uterus.


5. Garlic: Promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.               


6. Probiotics: These live beneficial bacteria help the digestive tract achieve an optimal healthy state.


7. Rescue remedy, sweet chestnut, and water violet are flower remedies for horse colic that assist on an emotional level. You can put the essences on their lips or rubbing it on their ears.


(Reference: Veterinarians’ Desk Reference)

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Species affected: Equine
Background: This disorder has many causes, including inflamed small bowel, ulcers, poor motility or poor microbial balance. Horses fed a high ratio of grain to roughage or poor-quality feeds are often prone to colic.

Symptoms: May include restlessness, distress, abnormal postures and distention of the abdomen.

Diagnostics: History of symptoms of abdominal pain (may be associated with changing weather conditions); dietary history, physical examination, fecal exam for parasites.

Special Notes: Overuse of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and stress must be corrected if successful recovery is to occur.

Principles for Supplementation: Restore bacterial flora, heal digestive mucosa and support digestion with herbs, homeopathics and nutraceuticals.








2 scoops bid

Enhances the immune system in the gut, supplies bioactive proteins, immunoglobulins and peptides.

Digestive Tonic14

4 tsp bid

Helps restore normal digestive function; spleen tonic to clear Damp.

Hilton Digest Support2

2-4 scoops bid

Herbs that support intestinal wall healing.

Hilton Digest Plus2

1-2 scoops sid

Provides beneficial gut bacteria to repopulate the intestinal flora.

L-GlutamineVET Powder12

3-7 scoops sid

Main fuel for enterocytes.

Bacillus CoagulansVET12

4-8 capsules sid

Beneficial gut bacteria.


6-10 mL sid

Adaptogenic herbs, support the immune system, adrenals, reduces stress.


5 mL bid

Corrects pH balance favoring beneficial bacteria.


To help you quickly find the right Integrative Medicine formulas and manufacturers to help treat your dogs, cats and horses, please refer to the Veterinarians’ Desk Reference
(Click Here)




Prebiotics like ProBi -- or a probiotic like Hilton Herb Digest Plus – can be fed regularly to the horse to maintain a healthy digestive tract by encouraging good digestion and gut mobility. When these good bugs are administered consistently and regularly, they have been proven to be very helpful in keeping colic in horses in check.

Simple preventative measures you can take immediately to help your equines from getting colic include:


» Where horses are zero-grazed and are always in their stables, it is important to make sure their feed and any food supplements promote optimal equine digestive health.


» Avoid overgrazing pastures and paddocks (your horse will be less likely to ingest sand which can lead to intestinal obstructions or blockages).


» Provide a consistent and easy access to an abundance of clean water; this is critical to helping your equine effectively dilute and properly digest what they eat and subsequently avoid potentially dangerous intestinal blockages.


» Include consistent and adequate long-stem roughage in your horse’s daily diet. Make use of slow feed hay bags so the roughage intake is spread over the whole day.


» Ensure that your horse is treated with a regular and proper deworming program and that you check the fecal egg count several times a year.


To help you quickly find the right Integrative Medicine formulas and manufacturers to help treat your dogs, cats and horses, please refer to the Veterinarians’ Desk Reference
(Click Here)





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