Veterinary Record 123:196-198 doi:10.1136/vr.123.8.196
  • Short Communication

Small intestinal obstruction associated with wood chewing in two horses

  1. JM Tong
  1. Cromwell Veterinary Group, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.


Although wood chewing by horses is recognised as a common vice, there are few reports of specific disease associated with the habit. Two cases of acute obstruction of the small intestine by solid aggregations of wood splinters are described in horses which were both habitual wood chewers. Details are presented of the clinical findings in these cases, including the surgical treatment of acute colic. Both horses returned to full working fitness. The authors review the syndrome of enterolithiasis in horses, and discuss the causes and significance of wood chewing as a stable vice.

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