Colic is a broad term for abdominal pain & generally refers to gastrointestinal tract/gut pain. Clinical signs of colic can include any or a combination of the following:
- Flank watching
- Kicking at belly
- Repeatedly goes down
- Repeatedly stretching out as if to urinate
- Dog sitting
- Decreased/absent appetite
- Decreased/absent droppings
- Sweating up
- Lip curling (flehmen)
While waiting for our vet to arrive, follow the advice that your vet has given you. We often ask, that the patient is gently walked (ideally in a sand school), if it is safe to do so.Remember, 90% of colics are medical and respond to medical treatment.
However, up to 10% are more serious and require more intense management and/or surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is of paramount importance. Therefore, with colic, don’t take any chances and if at all in doubt, call your vet.