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Don Moh
Posted on Friday, Feb 4, 2000 - 12:20 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Members ,

I need the opinion on my horse blood test that was tested on 03/02/2000 as follow . How can I learn to understand a Blood Test Report ? How often should I test my horses blood ? Is my horse fit for race ?
The Pathology & Clinical laboratory do not understand about horses !


Urea : 4.2 mmol/l
: 25 mg/dl
Creatinine : 146 umol/l
: 1.7 mg/dl
Calcium : 2.86 mmol/l
: 11.4 mg/dl
Phosphate : 1.32 mmol/l
: 4.1 mg/dl
Total Protein : 62 g/l
6.2 g/dl
Albumin : 33 g/l
3.3 g/dl
Bilirubin : 70 umol/l
4.1 mg/dl
Akaline Phosphatase : 266 Iu/l
SGPT : 14 Iu/l
SGOT : 639 Iu/l


Haemoglobin : 16.0 g/dl
TRBC : 9.1 x10(power12)/l
PCV : 41 %
MCV : 45 fl
MCH : 18 pg
MCHC : 39 %
TWBC : 12.2 x10(power 9)/l

Differential Count

Neutrophils : 80 %
Lymphocytes : 15 %
Monocytes : 3 %
Eosinophils : 2 %

Platelets count : 186 x10(power 9 )/l

ESR ( 10 mins ) : 1 mm
( 20 mins ) : 9 mm
( 30 mins ) : 40 mm
( 60 mins ) : 75 mm

Thank you ,
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Posted on Friday, Feb 4, 2000 - 7:46 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Don we have information on normal values for laboratory work at:
The Horseman's Advisor: References: Equine Vital Signs and Laboratory Values
We also have more information on this subject at
Equine Diseases: Heart, Blood, and Vessels: The Diagnosis of Anemia and also
Training Horses: Body Conditioning

The bottom line Don is this: as long as the horse is healthy and the values in the normal range there is no proof that any of the resting blood parameters you have tested for indicate the fitness to race. Post race blood lactate may correlate with performance and for more information on this see the articles and topic menus listed above.
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