Thursday, May 08, 2014

Researchers Test 'Composite Pain Scale' for Horses - Full Article

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre
May 06, 2014

If only horses could speak up and let us know when something hurts, right? Guess what: They can.

Dutch researchers recently learned that, although horses can’t speak, they do have distinct ways of communicating pain. It’s just up to us to learn to recognize them.

Thijs van Loon, PhD, of Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and his fellow researchers have developed what they call the “composite pain scale,” or CPS. The CPS lists common pain behaviors that could be seen in most horses suffering from either abdominal or musculoskeletal pain and includes a few physiological parameters such as breathing frequency, intestinal sounds, and rectal temperature...

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