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Equine Practice
Clinical approach to the recumbent adult horse
  1. Keith Chandler

    Keith Chandler graduated from Glasgow in 1993 and has since worked both in mixed and specialised equine practice. In 1997, he completed a clinical scholarship in equine and farm animal medicine at Glasgow. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine practice and is currently responsible for the equine side of the Large Animal Practice Teaching Unit at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. His main interests include equine internal medicine and geriatric care.


THE recumbent horse presents a diagnostic, management and therapeutic challenge to the attending veterinary surgeon, who is faced with an array of differential diagnoses. Often a definitive diagnosis cannot be reached in the first instance and treatment must be initiated before one is reached. Horses that are recumbent require meticulous nursing care in order to prevent and treat any complications that may develop, including pressure sores, self-trauma, compressive myopathy and neuropathy, dehydration and malnutrition, and abnormalities of the gastrointestinal system.

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