Wilson's colic problem

Ten months ago Wilson presented to the VCC after showing signs of a low grade colic. Our diagnosis was refined to a pelvic flexure impaction via rectal examination.

The pelvic flexure is a hairpin, narrow turn in the gastrointestinal tract which is a common site for impactions and easily detectable with the help of a veterinarian. There are a range of causes for a pelvic flexure impaction however in Wilson’s case it was likely due to a sudden change in management.

After close monitoring, medical treatment with pain relief and oral fluids there was no improvement so it was decided that surgery was our only option to save Wilsons life. The surgery was very successful and many months later he is living a happy life in his paddock.