General Health assessment

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General Health Assessment AN 161 Spring, 2006
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Vital signs Be familiar with the vital signs of each  horse—there is some variation Good idea to keep records on all horses Note variations from “normal”—things like  heart murmurs
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Temperature T=99.5-100.5 F Will vary with:  environmental conditions Post exercise Time of day May see a little more  variation with foals
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Pulse Resting pulse 30-44  bpm in normal resting  horse Foals higher  Dropped beats not  uncommon in fit  horses Pain, anxiety  will  elevate pulse
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Pulse Can take pulse over  facial artery Digital artery at fetlock  level With stethoscope at level  of elbow on chest wall
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Respiration 8-12 breaths/min resting Varies with exercise,  environmental  conditions Can use stethoscope  over chest wall or  trachea Can watch abdominal  muscles or nostrils
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Gum color—pale pink is  normal Should be moist—tacky 
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