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Can I give my horse an enema?

Asked by Sue Peters on September 13, 2021

Categories: Sports Horse racing


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In horses, rehydration can be done orally, intravenously or via the rectum as an enema. Oral rehydration is convenient, but is recommended for patients with a normal, functional digestive tract. A high enema can be used in patients who cannot be rehydrated orally, the researchers said.

What can you do for mild colic in horses? Caring for the colicky horse

  1. Always have fresh, clean water.
  2. Allow pasture turnout.
  3. Avoid feeding hay on the ground in sandy areas.
  4. Feed grain and pelleted feeds only when you need to.
  5. Watch horses carefully for colic following changes in exercise,stabling, or diet.
  6. Float your horse's teeth every six months.

When should a foal start nursing? We often refer to the “1-2-3 RULE” of the newborn foal:

  1. A healthy foal should stand within 1 hour.
  2. Should start nursing within 2 hours.
  3. Should pass the meconium (first feces) within 3 hours after_birth.

Do enemas rehydrate? First off, a water enema is a medically sound method of hydrating a patient who, for some reason, is unable to take fluids orally. Still, this method is a nice alternative to hydrate a patient who, forexample, vomits repeatedly after drinking, or due to some traumatic injury is physically unable to drink.

What do you do when your foal won't nurse? If a foal hasn't nursed from the mare,it's likely it will take to nursing a bottle. Use either lamb or Gerber ® NUK nipples. To teach your foal to bucket feed, dip your fingers into a bucket of milk replacer and let the foal suck on two.