Vital Signs & Physical Exam

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Knowing 'Normal' Can Help Horse Owners Spot Trouble

November 19, 2007

Horse owners have a better chance of detecting disease and stress in a horse if they are familiar with the normal behavior and physiological parameters of their animal.

Familiarity with what constitutes "normal" for a horse allows equine... Read More

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Vital Signs (Book Excerpt)

September 13, 2006

The physical examination should assess any changes in the horse's demeanor, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, body temperature, evidence of shock, and hydration status.... Read More

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Spring and Fall Wellness Exams Help Keep Horses Healthy

May 15, 2006

Many horse health crises can be prevented with wellness exams, vaccinations, and year-round parasite control. ... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More

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Vital Signs

February 16, 2005

To establish a baseline set of measurements when the horse is healthy, do your "hands-off" observations first. Then after watching the horse, measure its heart and respiratory rates.... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More

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Surviving Colic

November 01, 2003

In decades past, colic treatment was actually a misnomer. "Treatment" consisted of waiting out the colic while offering sedative-like drugs to dampen a horse's misery. Either his body healed of its own accord, or he succumbed to death from... Read More

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Look Into His Eyes

February 01, 2002

It is important to approach each eye problem in the horse in an ordered and systematic manner, and also as a medical emergency. Painful eye conditions in horses need thorough evaluation for corneal ulcers, corneal abscesses, and uveal... Read More

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Emergency Care

November 01, 1999

There’s an old saying: If your horse can find a way to get in trouble, he will. So, if you own a horse long enough, chances are that some time you will face an emergency accident or injury. But will you know how to... Read More

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Communicating With Your Vet

January 01, 1999

The ability to communicate well is probably one of the most important skills for success you can develop no matter what you do for a living. It seems, at least in my life, that when something goes wrong (or not as well as I had planned), it... Read More