PULSE RATE AND QUALITY
A rapid thready or weak pulse may indicate a patient going into
hypovolemic shock. High pulse rates due to sympathetic stimulation from pain
alone will be strong and bounding. The
degree of increase in rate is a good indication of the severity of the horse’s
condition. Evaluating the pulse may
be a more valuable assessment of cardiovascular status than taking the heart
rate directly via a stethoscope over the heart.
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