Horse Colic: Listening to and Interpreting Gut Sounds

Dr. Christine Johnson of Leclair Equine, in Berthoud, Colorado, demonstrates how to listen for gut sounds.

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Listening to your horse’s gut sounds is part of a normal physical exam or vital signs check. Gut sounds should be present in all healthy horses, with approximately one to three gut sounds per minute indicating good digestive health. Listening to gut sounds when you suspect your horse is colicking might help you and your veterinarian determine the severity and cause of the colic.

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