Ultrasound examination forms an important part of the diagnosis of a number of conditions. Here at Wendover Heights Equine we have three ultrasound machines to help us with diagnosis of orthopaedic diseases (eg tendon and ligament injuries, back problems), abdominal disease (eg colic, liver disease), respiratory and cardiac disease, and breeding management (eg routine scanning of mares, pregnancy diagnosis, artificial insemination). As with our x-ray machines, the ultrasound machines are fully portable so can be brought to your yard.
Wendover Heights Equine has two portable digital X-ray systems and can offer mobile and clinic based radiography services. We have recently acquired a wireless digital radiography unit meaning that there are no wires near your horse’s legs! These digital X-ray machines convert the X-ray into an electronic picture so we can view the images instantly on the computer screen rather than waiting for the images to process onto a conventional X-ray film. They also provide us with radiographs of the highest diagnostic quality meaning we can radiograph most parts of the equine skeleton and pick up subtle problems. The images are backed up onto a computer system meaning they can be accessed easily in the future if required.
Our three metre gastroscope means that we can provide video gastroscopy services here at our clinic. The gastroscope consists of a fibre-optic camera that can be passed into the nose and then swallowed before passing into the stomach of the horse. The oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the intestines) can all be examined with this scope. The most common use of our gastroscope is to diagnose gastric ulcers (see our factsheet for more information!). The gastroscope relays the video to a screen meaning you and the vet can watch and discuss your horse during the procedure. Please be aware your horse will need to be starved prior to this procedure.
Endoscopy allows us to pass a fibre-optic camera into areas we would otherwise be unable to visualise eg used for visualisation of the upper airways (pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches, trachea). The endoscopy system displays the image on a screen so the vet and the client can observe the video at the same time. Endoscopy can be performed at our clinic or at your yard – whichever you prefer!
All our vets are experienced with dental work and we have a full range of dental equipment, including a motorised power float, here at Wendover Heights Equine. We can provide routine dental care as well as more advanced procedures such as tooth extraction, sinus surgery and dental x-rays. Our vets are also able to administer intravenous sedation, pain relief and local anaesthetic if required to ensure safe, thorough examination and treatment – even in the most nervous of patients!
Shockwave therapy is used in the treatment of a number of musculoskeletal and ligament problems. It is a non invasive treatment that forms part of the treatment plan in a number of conditions including kissing spines and proximal suspensory ligament desmitis. Shockwave therapy works by transmitting high energy sound waves into the affected tissues to stimulate healing and reduce discomfort. The machine is fully portable so can be brought to your yard. It is quite noisy so many horses will require a little sedation.