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Colic - A New Way to Be Prepared

Common cases of colic too often turn deadly. Luckily, with a little knowledge and preparedness it doesn't have to happen to you.

What kind of response does the word colic invoke in you? Fear? Panic? Or simply, call the vet!

Colic is one of the top three causes of death in horses – along with old age and injury – therefore it is worthy of our concern. Prevention is the best medicine for colic, but horses have complicated digestive systems so colic is sometimes unavoidable. When colic does strike, you need to be able to act quickly and correctly to prevent severe damage and even death.

Many people struggle when faced with the decision of how to best treat their horse that is experiencing colic. Letting nature run its course, hand-walking, administering pain relievers, calling the vet, and possibly even surgery are just a few of the most common approaches people take. However, a natural remedy that you might not have tried is Equine Colic Relief (ECR). ECR enables you to take immediate, positive action for your horse by simply having it on hand and ready-to-use.

ECR (Equine Colic Relief)
ECR is an all-natural formula specifically designed for addressing common types of colic, which are bowel impaction, gas, and sand colic. It comes in a 4 ounce bottle and is given orally with a 60 milliliter syringe at the first signs of colic. Sweetened for taste, the entire bottle is fed to horses over 200 pounds.

Equine Colic Relief bottle with plastic syringeThe product was tested for three years before initially being released in Canada in 1999. Since then, it has spread to Europe, Scandinavian countries, the United States, Mexico, and Australia. The active ingredients in ECR are Irish Sea moss, kelp, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, glycerin, magnesium, vitamin D3, and peppermint oil. It also includes purified water, molasses, and sorbitol for sweetener. ECR has at least a twelve year shelf life so you can purchase it now and keep it for years to come.

Benefits of ECR
An advantage over the commonly used Banamine is that the ingredients of ECR are all-natural and non-pharmaceutical, and it has no adverse side effects. Banamine relieves pain and inflammation as well as reducing a horse’s fever; however, it does not directly alleviate gas, impaction, or the removal of sand from a horse’s gut. ECR, on the other hand, is designed to increase motility of the gut, relieve gas, calm spasms and turn any dried, impacted material into the consistency of pudding. In other words, ECR actually focuses on the causes of common colic, rather than just the symptoms.

A unique feature of ECR is that it is meant to be dosed once, unlike other homeopathic herbs or even pain medications. Typically it takes 15 to 30 minutes for gut sounds to return and 45 to 90 minutes for your horse to return to eating.

Suggested Plan of Action
For owners with a valuable, insured horse then colic surgery may be the most logical step if it is an extremely serious case. What about the rest of us? Keeping horses often must be done with a budget in mind. If you own rescues, older horses, grade horses, or those with health issues then your horse might not be a good candidate for surgery’s risk and financial costs. ECR gives you the opportunity to address the common causes of colic distress, often stopping the bout and allowing you to avoid surgery altogether.

listening to horse's stomach for bowel tones
Listening for bowel tones

Before administering ECR, follow this simple plan of action. If your horse has colic symptoms, get the horse in a comfortable and safe location. Check for fever and dehydration, then using a stethoscope listen for bowel tones on both sides of the abdominal cage. Without a stethoscope, place your head directly on each side of your horse's abdominal area to listen.

If your horse has no bowels tones, feed ECR and report all your findings to your veterinarian. Continue to monitor your horse, looking for release of gas, bowel movements, and decreased
discomfort. If symptoms worsen ask your vet to come out and exam your horse.

There are many types of colic and ECR is not known to resolve cases that are caused by bowel ruptures, parasite damage, enteroliths (stones), and ulcers. However, surgery is often performed for conditions ECR can resolve at no risk or discomfort to your horse.

Other variations ECR will not cure are a twisted gut, an excessive amount of sand, an infection
or other abnormal causes. Therefore, it is important to call your vet and have them ready to come
out if your horse does not improve with ECR treatment.

The Future of ECR
With hundreds of horse owners satisfied with the results of ECR it is an option worth considering. Starting in 2011, ECR has been asked to fund a several-year study incorporating the use of ECR for the treatment of colic symptoms. The published findings of the study will help determine if this natural product will become a veterinarian-accepted protocol for colic.

With a thermometer to check for fever, ECR to administer, and a stethoscope to check for bowel tones you can rest a little easier knowing you’re ready for colic.

A Horse's Digestive Tract - The Organs Affected by Colic

illustration - horse's digestive tract

1. Ingested material first goes through the stomach
2. Leaving the stomach, it passes through the duodenum to the small intestine
3. Next it moves through the tightly coiled small intestine
4. Material then travels through all four parts of the large intestine - the cecum, large colon, small colon, and finally the rectum
5. The last stage is being expelled out the anus at the end of the rectum

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By Matrix Therapy Products

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