Emergency Colic - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

A horses whole digestive system can become so traumatised that it can go into spasm at the drop of a hat or following any minor change and this is now becomes the problem, not the original impaction or whatever caused the problem in the first place.

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Symptoms of colic

Most horses display some combination of the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Pawing at the ground
  • Looking at their flank
  • Rolling or wanting to lie down
  • Lack of or infrequent defecation
  • Poor appetite and water intake
  • Excessive sweating
  • Abnormally high pulse rate (over 50 beats per minute)
  • Lack of normal gut noises
  • Stretching out as if to urinate

A horse in this situation needs repeated and small doses of a blend of chamomile and rosehips tea steeped and left to go cold with a few drops of Rescue Remedy added to every dose as emergency first aid.

This horse also needs calm surroundings, to be close to her friends and natural plain feed, no pellets, supplements, vitamins or grains just chaff or hay. Maybe relaxing massage and certainly lots of TLC.

If your horse has had numerous visits to a veterinary hospital then they are probably allergic to this as well!

Start with this program today you can get all you need from the health food store. Prepare each dose by putting 6 chamomile tea bags with 3 rosehips tea bags in a litre of boiling water. Let it all go cold with the tea bags in it. Then add a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy and give a quarter of it every couple of hours, maybe first as a drench and later mixed with feed.

Once you have stabilized your horse that is going into colic we can recommend further herbal medicines.




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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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