A large number of horses with colic are referred and treated at the clinic each year. Once admitted to the clinic, the horses are quickly assessed and if necessary, a decision on whether to operate is taken in agreement with the owners and the referring vets.
Our team is aware that this can be a stressful situation for the owners. For this reason, one of our priorities is to reassure and communicate with those responsible for the animal.
Surgical prognosis depends on the type of colic and the time elapsed since the onset of symptoms. Therefore, postoperative recovery varies depending on the severity of the problem. Generally, horses that have had colic surgery will stay in the clinic for a minimum of one week, but some may remain for several weeks.
We work in confidence with the referring vets who were involved in the decision about sending the horse to the clinic.