Horses can have a variety of respiratory issues, some are infectious and some are from the environment.
New Foal Care
We offer routine new foal and mare exams, they include a quick stall side test to asses the foals IgG levels (the antibodies from the mares colostrum) which lets us know if the foal received enough colostrum to be protected from disease. We also treat foals with mild cases of "dummy foal syndrome", diarrhea, fevers, injuries, and lameness.
A thorough ophthalmologic examination begins with examination at rest and evaluating the overall appearance of the head and face. A fundic examination (looking in the back of the eye) is perfomed using a direct ophthalmascope.
For difficult to treat eye infections or fractious patients we can utilize a catheter in the eye, called a subpalpebral lavage system. This eliminates you acutally touching the eye to administer medication, rather the catheter is tied into the mane.
We also are one of the few clinics in the area to utilize a Tonovet to determine intraocular pressure (IOP). IOP measurements are important in determining if there is underlying pathology such as anterior uveitis or glaucoma. It can also be useful in monitoring the progression of these diseases.
Other diagnostics that are used are ocular staining, nasolacrimal duct cannulation, ultrasound, and radiographs. We often consult with local board certified ophthalmologists and will aid in setting up consultation appointments if necessary.
Two common endocrine diseases seen in our equine patients are Cushing's disease or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) and Equine Metabolic Syndrome.