Horse Vital Signs: How To Check Capillary Refill Time

A veterinarian describes how to safely check your horse’s capillary refill time.

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Capillary refill time can be an effective indicator of your horse’s vascular status. It’s also important information to share with your veterinarian during times of colic or distress. Sina Parsaye, DVM, of Parsaye Veterinary Services Inc., in Laporte, Colorado, demonstrates how to safely check your horse’s capillary refill time. Normal capillary refill time should be less than 2 seconds.


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