- Wellness Exams
- Laboratory Services
- Equine Dentistry
- Intensive Foal Care
- Regenerative Medicine
- Fecal Egg Counts
Our veterinarians provide full general exams year-round. We offer general wellness exams on horses of all shapes, sizes and ages! We are able to provide counseling on herd health management and individual horse wellness. We carry a full line of vaccines, dewormers and other health products. Our in-house laboratory offers same-day bloodwork and urinalysis results. We are happy to work with you to create a wellness plan suited for your horse's individual needs.
Vaccines are given to help protect your horse from illness, and giving the appropriate vaccines is an important consideration. With vaccines available for over 15 different diseases and these vaccines being available in over 50 different combinations, selecting the necessary vaccines for your horse can be confusing. The vaccines we select for your horse will vary with the horse's age, use, travel plans and living quarters, as well as the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
Endoscopy allows for direct visualization of certain inaccessible areas of the body. Our video endoscopy system allows the image to be displayed on a TV screen, thereby enabling the client and the veterinarian to observe and discuss the case at the same time. Endoscopy allows for examination of crucial parts of the respiratory system, including the pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and trachea. It also allows for examination of the urethra and bladder of both males and females, and the cervix and uterus of mares. The 3.0-meter endoscope is used to examine the esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum. Endoscopy is an essential part of the evaluation of horses with poor performance, upper airway conditions and abnormal respiratory noises, many lung diseases, gastric (stomach) ulcers, and urinary tract diseases.
We have a modern diagnostic laboratory with the ability to evaluate complete blood counts (CBC), serum chemistries, electrolytes and blood gases around the clock. This allows immediate assessment of our emergency and critical care patients without delay. IDEXX assays for Lyme disease, Anaplasma and IgG, and Serum amyloid A are also available in-house. We have relationships with a wide variety of outside laboratories that provide all other types of laboratory testing and clinical pathology services.
Equine dentistry is a very important part of every horse's routine health maintenance program. Annual or even biannual examination of your horse's teeth allows us to identify and address problem areas before they cause health issues or impair performance. Horses' teeth are continually erupting throughout their lives, so the horse's mouth is always changing. Small imbalances can lead to more significant malocclusions if they are not addressed in a timely fashion. We provide comprehensive equine dentistry ranging from routine (tooth floating) maintenance to advanced diagnostics and standing extractions. We have digital radiographic and video endoscopic capabilities to handle dental diagnostic needs on site.
The successful treatment of sick foals requires a neonatal critical care unit where the special needs of the newborn foal can be addressed. The condition of any neonate can change very rapidly. Frequent monitoring by our dedicated staff allows for the early recognition, timely intervention, and rapid resolution of neonatal problems. Our neonatal critical care team provides a safe, clean and warm environment for managing sick foals. We are equipped to handle everything from routine new foal exams to the premature/dummy foal and neonatal septicemia requiring 24-hour ICU care. Your foal will benefit from the latest advances and techniques for the diagnosis, management and treatment of disease. A complete range of nursing care is available, including a foal bed for recumbent foals, constant or intermittent fluid therapy, parenteral or enteral nutritional support, stall-side oxygen, and care for angular limb deformities and contracted tendons.
Regenerative medicine harnesses the power of the body's own cells to speed healing. We utilize the animal's own cells to regenerate the original tissue, rather than allowing it to scar. The therapy will not be rejected by the patient’s immune system, and allows the patient to heal with a better clinical outcome. Tissues such as tendon, cartilage and ligaments can greatly benefit from regenerative medicine.
We collect cells from the injured horse (bone marrow and/or adipose cells) at our clinic and the cells are shipped overnight to The Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Regenerative Medicine Service, where the cells are cultured to increase the number of progenitor cells. These cells have the ability to multiply and differentiate into specific tissue types, and can reduce inflammation and speed healing.
When the cells are done being cultured, they are shipped back to our clinic and are injected with ultrasound-guided injection into the tendon or ligament injury lesion. These stem cells then can differentiate into the cells needed to heal the type of tissue that is damaged.
In the past few years, there have been some significant changes to the recommendations for deworming of horses. The previous recommendations were made many years ago, and the landscape of internal parasites has changed a lot in that time. We also have a lot more knowledge about the life cycle of internal parasites in horses. We recommend fecal egg counts to be done on all horses in the spring, after they have been on pasture for 2-3 weeks prior to giving any dewormer. This will help identify the horses who are heavily infected and may require continual deworming, and those who can wait until fall for a second deworming. We are able to perform fecal egg counts in our in-house lab.