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We offer routine and emergency ambulatory care for our equine clients. These services include:
Annual examinations: As part of our routine care, we recommend yearly annual exams that include appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, dentistry, Coggins testing, and nutritional counseling. Depending on the amount of travel or competition you and your horse do, we may recommend bi-annual vaccinations to ensure your horse is properly protected from various infectious agents.
Lameness examinations: There are any number of reasons that a horse will come up lame. We use a variety of techniques to identify the source of the lameness including physical examination and palpation, flexion tests, and joint or nerve blocks. Radiographs, ultrasound or laboratory testing also may help us evaluate the source of the lameness and how to proceed with appropriate treatment.
Dentistry: Routine dental care is essential to your horse's health. A horse's teeth grow or erupt continuously throughout their lifetime. Regular examinations and floating are necessary to ensure your horse's teeth wear evenly and avoid any potentially painful problems such as sharp enamel points, hooks or fractured teeth. We also remove wolf teeth if present since they may interfere with training. Sedation can be given to relax your horse and make it safer and more comfortable to perform dental procedures.
Geriatric care: Our older horses face a variety of health care issues that can be identified and treated before they become a problem such as hypothyroidism, chronic arthritis or Equine Cushings Disease. We may recommend that if your horse is over 15 years of age that they undergo a complete physical examination and blood testing to establish baseline values.
Pre-purchase examinations: Purchasing a new horse can be a stressful and trying experience. We offer extensive physical examinations, lameness evaluations, neurological examinations and drug screens to help the prospective buyer and/or agent determine if the horse is serviceable for its intended use. The exam also often include radiographs, laboratory testing or ultrasound exams and is completed with a written report
Surgery: Standing or recumbent surgery is performed for such procedures as castrations, biopsies and laceration repairs. More complicated procedures may be referred to a specialist.
Emergency care: We offer 24 hour emergency services for our regular clients. Our ambulatory vehicles are fully equipped to deal with emergency cases whether it is a medical colic, lameness, or injury. With either our in-house laboratory or overnight courier service to nearby laboratories, we can have most bloodwork results within 24 hours.
Ultrasonography: An ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate soft tissues like tendons and ligaments, reproductive organs, lumps, and tumors. It is painless and non-invasive. We are equipped with a portable ultrasound to use for a variety of procedures. In some cases, we may refer a patient for more specialized ultrasonic examinations.
Radiography: X-rays are used to visualize bone for abnormalities including arthritic changes, fractures, laminitic changes, OCD lesions, bone cysts and bone infection. We are equipped with a portable x-ray unit and use digital films that can be developed and examined on-site.