Dentistry is not solely for the older horse. Horses as young as two to three years of age may need dental work for procedures from wolf tooth extraction to incisor re-alignment. Dr. Leah Gray is experienced in both motorized and manual dentistry.
General Health Checkups
Routine visits by your veterinarian are important to detect abnormalities such as dentition anomalies and subtle changes that may be overlooked. By correcting problems early, major illnesses such as colic may be prevented.
Dr. Leah Gray is able to perform full lameness examinations, including specific neurological exams to differentiate between musculoskeletal disease and spinal cord disease. Tendon ultrasound and mobile X-ray are used out in the field in conjunction with diagnostic regional anesthesia to determine the source of lameness. Remember, the most common equine lameness pertains to the foot.
Minor surgeries such as castrations and laceration repairs are common procedures performed in the field. The large animal surgery table and anesthesia machine will be available when the equine hospital is completed.
Equine ultrasound is a valuable tool for reproductive exams, tendon and ligament scans, and abdominal and thoracic examinations. Ultrasound aids us in detecting disease when physical examinations and laboratory work is equivocal.
We routinely recommend an annual 5-way vaccination (tetanus, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis, Influenza, and Rhinopneumonitis) and West Nile Virus. Other vaccines that may be required, depending on the individual horse’s exposure, are strangles (streptococcus equi), rabies, and Potomac horse fever.
Field X-ray is commonly used to detect equine lameness. Our mobile X-ray unit is also able to detect foal pneumonia in babies less than 500 pounds. Results are available the same day.