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Colic in Horses – Checklist

 

Colic in horses is a very common disorder of their digestive system.
The term colic, the basic definition means “abdominal pain”, but in horses is used to define severe abdominal discomfort characterized with rolling, pawing, and seldom the inability to defecate.

 

Colic in horses’ checklist I Love Veterinary - Blog for Veterinarians, Vet Techs, Students

 

 

  • HEART RATE
    mild: 40-60
    moderate: 60-80
    severe: over 80
  • RESPIRATORY RATE
    mild: 20-30
    moderate: 30-40
    severe: over 40
  • TEMPERATURE
    mild: 99-100.5 F
    moderate: 99-100.5
    severe: under 99/over 100.5
  • GUM COLOR
    mild: pale pink
    moderate: pale pink
    severe: bluish or purple
  • CRT (Capillary refill time)
    mild: 1-2 seconds
    moderate: 2-4 seconds
    severe: over 5 seconds
  • GUT SOUNDS
    mild: normal or increased
    moderate: decreased frequency
    severe: absent
  • FECES
    mild: normal
    moderate: small balls of feces
    severe: no feces/diarrhea
  • GASES
    mild: present
    moderate: absent
    severe: absent
  • LVL OF PAIN
    mild: looking at the belly, stretching, pawing, sweating, lifting the hind legs
    moderate: looking at the belly, stretching, pawing, sweating, lifting the hind legs, trying to roll on the ground
    severe: looking at the belly, stretching, pawing, sweating, lifting the hind legs, trying to roll on the ground, uncontrollable attempts to roll and thrash

 

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