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5 Enteroliths (mineral struvite) found inside a horse

14-Year-Old Quarter Horse Mare

Horse was initially seen for a mild colic. Her heart rate, GI sounds, and rectal examination were all normal.

After 24 hours, horse was unresponsive to medical treatments in the field and was referred to UC Davis for suspicion of a surgical lesion.

Horse is fed a 100% alfalfa feed diet and has no previous history of colic.

Abdominal radiographs identified 5 enteroliths (mineral struvite) in the ventral abdomen.

Horse was immediately taken to surgery for removal of the enteroliths.

Current status: 3 weeks post-surgery-horse is doing well