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EQUUS - - Eq Conversati­ons -

You’ll no­tice I don’t in­clude “gut sounds” on my list of the vi­tal signs to gather prior to mak­ing a vet­eri­nary call. That’s not an over­sight. I find that own­ers typ­i­cally get more ex­cited about gut sounds than they should. The lack or abun­dance of gut noise is not de­fin­i­tive in de­ter­min­ing a horse’s con­di­tion. These sounds can be an im­por­tant part of di­ag­nos­tics and triage, but they aren’t some­thing you can count on and mea­sure, be­cause in­ter­pret­ing them is a bit of an art form.

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