Partner had colicked before, but the gelding’s primary veterinarian could manage his symptoms. This time was different. The Kentucky Mountain Horse immediately rolled after a post-ride bath. Clearly in pain, he was sweating, pawing the ground, trying to go down, simply inconsolable.
At first, Shawn Polukord thought Blaine had kennel cough. The eight-year-old Labradoodle had started coughing at night and, unfortunately, he was getting worse. Concerned, Polukord took him to a local veterinarian who noticed that, in addition to the cough, Blaine had an irregular heartbeat that sounded like “tennis shoes in a dryer.”