U. S. DEPARTMENT OF
BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY.
MELVIN, Chief of Bureau.
DISEASES OF THE HORSE.
Drs. PEARSON, MICHENER, LAW,
HARBAUGH, TRUMBOWER, LIAUTARD, HOLCOMBE, HUIDEKOPER,
MOHLER, EICHHORN, HALL, AND ADAMS.
EXAMINATION OF A SICK HORSE.
Pearson, B. S., V. M. D.
examination of a sick horse it is important to have a
method or system. If a definite plan of examination is
followed one may feel reasonably sure, when the
examination is finished, that no important point has
been overlooked and that the examiner is in a position
to arrive at an opinion that is as accurate as is
possible for him. Of course, an experienced eye can see,
and a trained hand can feel, slight alterations or
variations from the normal that are not perceptible to
the unskilled observer. A thorough knowledge of the
conditions that exist in health is of the highest
importance, because it is only by a knowledge of what is
right that one can surely detect a wrong condition. A
knowledge of anatomy, or of the structure of the body,
and of physiology, or the functions and activities of
the body, lie at the bottom of accuracy of diagnosis. It
is important to remember that animals of different races
or families deport themselves differently under the
influence of the same disease or pathological process.
The sensitive and highly organized thoroughbred resists
cerebral depression more than does the lymphatic draft
horse. Hence a degree of fever that does not produce