Good dental care is based around routine prevention. In most cases, we recommend an annual dental check, where any dental abnormalities can be identified and corrected before they become uncomfortable. This can be carried out at the same time as your horse's annual booster vaccination. We have a Hausmanns gag and extensive range of manual dental equipment, allowing us to provide routine dental care for your horse. Sedation may be required for dental treatment.
If, following oral examination, your horse requires advanced dental treatment we can arrange this for you.
Should your horse become unwell, we will visit your horse and, following an examination, perform any diagnostic tests that may be required in order to reach the diagnosis. This includes procedures such as blood sampling and local anaesthesia for lameness diagnosis.
Our digital x-ray machine is portable, and if necessary, can be transported to your horse in order to take good quality x-rays.
Our ultrasound machine can be taken to your premises and is suitable for both the imaging of damaged tendons and ligaments and also for pregnancy diagnosis.
Our practice laboratory allows us to be able to analyse blood samples from emergency cases the same day.
We can also carry out worm egg counts, both to check if your horse needs worming, or to check if the class of wormer that you have used has been effective.
Hair and skin samples can be examined microscopically for parasites or cultured for ringworm.
In some cases samples taken from your horse will need to be sent to an external laboratory for examination.
Worming is the second most important cornerstone of equine preventative medicine. We understand that worming your horse can be very confusing, with so many products available. Our vets are happy to advise you about worming, taking into account your horses previous worming history and management.
We offer an in-house worm egg counting service for horses.
Why not take the worry out of worming your horse with one of our annual worming plans? We send you reminders for faeces samples and treatments, based on your horses' individual situation.
Vaccination forms a central part of preventative health care for you horse. Protocols for vaccination depend upon previous vaccination history and the intended use and management of your horse. A basic health check is included in the cost of vaccination, allowing regular monitoring of your horse's wellbeing. We are happy to advise on the most suitable vaccinations for your horse or pony.
Horses are generally very responsive to acupuncture and respond well to treatment, frequently appearing almost sedated whilst the needles are in place. Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal injuries in our equine patients but can also be used to stimulate wound healing, influence the functioning of internal organs and the immune system.
Acupuncture can legally only be carried out on animals by a qualified veterinary surgeon, and is extremely safe and well accepted by most animals.
Many insurance companies will cover the cost of acupuncture treatment, however please check your insurance policy.
To discuss your individual requirements please contact Rachel Forster at our South Molton surgery, who has been trained by, and is a member of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA).