By Lisa Paterson
On my rounds I get reassigned to an emergency call. Molly, a 4-year-old cob, has started to show signs of colic.
Her owner Mike is concerned as there is a small portion of fluorescent green haynet that has gone missing overnight.
On examination, Molly’s vitals are normal. She has passed some normal faeces and seems to be keen to eat. I give her some pain relief and buscopan, an antispasmodic drug, to settle her abdominal discomfort.
We hunt the area for the haynet – has it been eaten or blown away?
I chat to Mike about the options. We could do endoscopy to see if it is in Molly’s stomach. If the colic signs don’t settle then the worst case scenario would be surgery. We decide to monitor Molly closely for the next 24 hours.
Luckily, on the follow up call, Molly is settled and shows no further signs of colic.
Mystery of the missing haynet…UNSOLVED!