We are well equipped to perform cardiac ultrasound exams, as well as electrocardiograms (ECG). Cardiac ultrasound scans may be recommended if a heart murmur is noted during auscultation or in some cases of poor performance or cough, for example. The electrocardiograms let us analyse the rhythm of your horse’s heart and we may recommend it if we detect some abnormal beats or if your horse is not performing as expected during a race, for example. With the portable ECG equipment can monitor your horse’s heart rhythm either overnight or while you are riding at high speed.
Colic is a general term used to describe a group of signs of abdominal discomfort and pain in horses. There are many different causes of colic and so they may vary in intensity and severity. To investigate some colics, and in some cases decide if your horse needs surgery, it may be needed to do extra diagnostic tests. At Fairmoor Equine Clinic we routinely do blood analyses, abdominal ultrasound scans, collections of abdominal fluid and have nursing staff and stocks to help us handle the more difficult cases. More, if intensive monitoring or treatments like intra-venous fluids are needed, we have stables and staff ready to do it day and night.
Skin abnormalities may reflect more systemic problems of the body or primary skin problems like an allergy. When horses show signs of pruritus, hair loss, scaling and crusting, weeping, changes in pigmentation of nodular lesions (like some sarcoids), these may be investigated and in most cases treated successfully. At Fairmoor Equine Clinic we can perform many routine diagnostic test like skin scrapings and other more advanced tests like intradermal skin tests.
Cough, nasal discharge and loud respiratory noises are common in horses. These may be the result of viral, bacterial or fungal infections, allergic reactions or mechanical obstruction of the airways. To investigate and treat respiratory problems in an appropriate way it may be necessary to do diagnostic tests, the same way they are done in people. So, on top of our vets expertise, here at Fairmoor Equine Clinic, we have available several techniques like tracheal and bronchial fluid analyses, airway endoscopies, chest ultrasound examinations, skull radiographs to investigate sinus problems, and in some smaller horses we can also radiograph they’re chests. This allows us to reach correct diagnosis and offer the best treatment options possible to your horses.