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The term “colic” refers to abdominal pain and it can be a result of pain from any organ within the abdominal cavity. Organs such as the intestines, liver, kidneys, bladder, uterus and ovaries can all be involved. The most common cause of colic signs involves the intestine, and the pain occurs as a result of stimulation of nerve endings within the intestinal walls. Consequently, distension of the bowel or tension on the supporting structures (mesentery) can also be a source of pain and therefore cause ‘colic’.
Foals are not able to produce antibodies of their own until about 2 weeks of age. They receive their first antibodies or immunoglobulins (Ig) from the mother via the ingestion of colostrum. This is the thick, sticky, yellowish substance that the mare’s udder produces for the first 24 hours of the foal’s life.
Diagnosis of tendon and ligament injuries is based on clinical and ultrasound findings. The typical signs of injury are heat, swelling and pain when palpating the structure.
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