First ever Colic Awareness Week launched

First ever Colic Awareness Week launched

As part of the ‘REACT Now to Beat Colic’ campaign, The British Horse Society (BHS) and the University of Nottingham are launching their first ever Colic Awareness Week on Monday 1 April – Sunday 7 April 2019.

This week aims to raise awareness of the importance of recognising the more subtle, earlier signs of colic so that veterinary assistance, diagnosis and treatment can be sought quickly for this potentially fatal condition.

The campaign was launched as a result of five years of research by the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science that found 90% of horse owners did not feel confident spotting the early signs of colic. In addition to this, up to one in three cases of colic seen by vets as an ‘out of hours’ emergency were critical, requiring urgent veterinary care. Of these critical cases, more than 80% of horses were euthanised or died.

Since the campaign launched, the BHS have distributed nearly 30,000 colic packs and nearly 15,000 guides to horse owners and carers.

Throughout this week, The BHS and the University’s Vet School will be providing you with top tips and videos on how to prevent colic. Veterinary practices across the country that are part of The BHS and the university’s ‘Vet REACT Colic Champions scheme’ will also be raising awareness of colic by sharing information with their clients throughout the week.

Horse owners can access more information about colic and get involved with the awareness week by following the BHS’s website and social media channels.