MSD Manual

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Common Signs of Colic

Common Signs of Colic

  • Abdominal pain

  • Pawing with the front foot

  • Looking back at the flank

  • Kicking at the abdomen

  • Curling the upper lip

  • Stretching the neck

  • Laying down and rolling

  • Playing in or with the water bucket

  • Intense sweating at rest

  • Distended abdomen

  • Straining to defecate

  • Decreased bowel movements

  • Loss of appetite

  • Increased heart rate (often a sign that surgery may be needed)