Lameness Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
Comprehensive lameness evaluations are conducted using diagnostic tools including digital radiography, local nerve blocks, and anatomy and gait analysis. Therapeutic services offered on the farm include joint injections, IRAP, mesotherapy, and individual diet, exercise, and turnout recommendations. Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic, are offered through referral.
Mesotherapy can be used to treat primary or secondary back or neck pain. A tight stiff neck or sore back keeps your horse from performing at peak level. Mesotherapy can accompany stifle or hock injections.
Digital radiography can be used to locate and evaluate a wide variety of irregularities in bone including abnormal bone appearance, early signs of degenerative change, and remodeling due to stresses. Digital radiographs are invaluable as a screening procedure during lameness and pre-purchase exams to evaluate the general health of joints.
Olde Towne Equine has the latest technology in digital radiography. Highly detailed radiographs (x-rays) can be obtained, examined, and read within a matter of minutes at the farm. Measurements such as degree of rotation, toe length, and sole depth can be taken on the digital images, allowing the veterinarian to work closely with your farrier to give your horse the very best foot care possible.
Prior to buying a horse, a pre-purchase exam is highly recommended. Exams can be tailored to individual needs, but usually involve a thorough physical exam from head to tail, including ocular, oral, and cardiac examination. The horse is observed for soundness as well as potential suitability of horse and rider. Digital radiographs are encouraged as a baseline of skeletal changes.
Vaccinations and Deworming
Vaccinations and deworming schedules are designed to meet the individual needs of your horse.
Equine dentistry is a very important part of the routine health maintenance program for every horse. Proper dental care allows a horse to process its feed and hay in an efficient way, and has been shown to play an important role in a horse’s ability to perform well. It is also beneficial in improving the lives and longevity of geriatric horses.
Annual or even biannual examinations of your horse’s teeth allow us to identify and address problem areas before they become problematic or impair performance. Horses’ teeth are continuously erupting throughout their lives, so their mouths are always changing.
Ultrasound imaging is a very useful diagnostic tool that allows examination of soft tissue structures such as tendons, ligaments, and reproductive organs. Sound waves are passed through the soft tissue and back to the transducer to allow for quick, harmless, and pain-free imaging of virtually any soft-tissue structure. Reproductive ultrasounds can be performed per rectum allowing visualization of ovarian structure, uterine activity, and fetal development.