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Risk factors associated with colic in horses

Published: 2002-12-31

Brief content of the article
Many factors have been identified as risk factors for colic in horses in several epidemiological studies. The aim of this paper was to review the results of 12 epidemiological studies , in order to assess the impact of each risk factor for colic. According to the literature, the factors that increase the risk of colic are feeding practices (type and quality of food, type and changes of housing and activity), medical history (a previous colic, administration of medical treatment) and parasite control (the presence of worms and type of deworming program). Several individual factors were incriminated as risk factors by all the studies. Nevertheless the different studies did not always agree on the role of other risk factors. The conclusions were tightly related to several criteria in the selection of the study population, like the type of the epidemiological study, the number and the origin of horses included and the location of the study.
Keywords: colic; risk factors; feeding practices

Goncalves, S. Juliand, V. and Leblond, A. 2002. Risk factors associated with colic in horses. Veterinary Research 33: 641-652.

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