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Table 2 Clinical examination of the three horses on admission

From: Right dorsal colitis in the horse: minireview and reports on three cases in Ireland

Horse 1 2 3
Demeanour Comfortable Exhibiting signs of abdominal discomfort Comfortable
Heart rate (per minute) 36 50 40
Respiratory rate (per minute) 12 18 16
Temperature °C 37.6 38 37.9
Mucous membranes Pale, CRT < 2 sec Pale, CRT < 2 sec Pale, CRT < 2 sec
Abdominal auscultation Reduced motility Normal motility Normal motility
  L R L R L R
  + - ++ ++ ++ ++
  + - ++ ++ ++ ++
Rectal findings Normal Normal Normal
Faeces Diarrhoea Normal Semi-solid
Body condition Mild weight loss Good Moderate weight loss
Appetite Normal Normal Reduced
Other findings Oedema between the rami of the mandibles   
  1. CRT = capillary refill time; L = left side of abdomen; R = right side of abdomen