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Equine Services

We offer our equine clients a range of first-opinion, ambulatory services. We have a history of treating horses right from our inception and continue this service with our vets all of whom have experience of treating and dealing with horses.

Our out-of hours service always has a large animal dedicated vet on-duty 24/7.

 

Our staff are able to deal with all your equine needs, from routine vaccinations, microchipping or passport applications, through to more complicated matters needing veterinary attention.

Some of our services are outlined below but for further information, contact the surgery.

 

We also now have an equine Facebook page, which you can visit here :

Wellness advice and preventative medicine

Keeping your horse healthy and disease free is the objective and routine preventative advice and treatments will help avoid many common equine problems.

 

Annual vaccinations remain the mainstay of preventing the serious diseases of equine flu and tetanus. Flu vaccinations need to be maintained annually to retain protection and we will send you a reminder so you don't miss what is an important annual date for all horses competing under BHS rules.

Tetanus, which is contracted through cuts and grazes, is highly fatal in horses, but fortunately rare due to the highly effective protection from vaccination. All horses should have regular tetanus vaccinations.

 

Parasites are a common problem that can lead to serious intestinal disease if untreated but again regular and routine worm control measures can reduce the risks. Routine and simple measures, including 'poo picking', pasture management and faecal worm egg testing coupled with appropriate wormer use are all important measures.

 

Our vets can advise on appropriate preventative strategies for control of these common problems.

Lameness Investigation

"No foot, no horse" still remains a valid addage and whilst many causes of lameness are foot related we can investigate lamenesses, where necessary by use of other diagnostic tools such as nerve blocks or ultrasound for tendon issues.

 

We have a mobile x-ray facility and are able to use this for lameness imaging including e.g. laminitic related lamenesses.

Radiography can also be utilised for other diagnostic testing and areas of the body, eg tooth or head x-rays, not only lameness.

Pre-purchase and Insurance Examinations

Buying a new horse can be an exciting time but the additional security that you are not buying a problem, or potential problem for the future, can be a sensible investment.

 

We offer both 5-stage and 2-stage pre-purchase "vettings" to potential new owners as well as examinations for insurance purposes. Blood samples taken at the time of the examination can be tested straight away or are stored free of charge for several months. We will discuss our findings with you personally and in report format so that you can make an informed decision about your purchase.

Surgical Procedures

Although not an equine hospital, we are still able to perform many surgical procedures which can be done either under sedation and local anaesthesia or 'in-field' general anaesthetics.

 

Geldings, sarcoid or other lump removals and other minor surgical procedures can all be performed by us. If your horse is unfortunate enough to need more major surgery, we can arrange referal to an equine hospital as required.

 

We are also able to offer endoscopy where necessary enabling examinations for upper airway diseases or diagnosis of e.g. laryngeal paralysis ("roarers") and sample collection for analysis.

Blood and Laboratory Tests

With our own in-house laboratory we are in a position to offer many same or next day test results. Results from samples sent to external laboratories are usually returned within 48 hours.

 

We can take, analyse and report on samples taken including e.g. :

 

*  Haematology (checks for anaemia, inflamation or infection)

*  Biochemistry (checks for organ function or damage)

*  Urine analysis

*  Swabs (eg, respiratory disease, CEM for breeding mares)

*  Skin scrapes

*  Biopsy or histology samples

*  Pregnancy testing

*  Hormone assays (eg, Cushings Disease)

For further information about some of these topics, preventative advice and general information for horse owners, see our links and downloads pages.

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