Endoscopy of the larynx, trachea and guttural pouches can be performed on visits or at the surgery to evaluate structures and function of the upper airway. The more common diagnoses encountered are: dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), laryngeal hemiplegia, axial deviation of the areyepiglottic folds, vocal cord deviation, pharyngeal collapse and epiglottic entrapment.
We can also arrange over ground endoscopy – state of the art technology which allows a remote assessment of the horse’s upper airways whilst being ridden. Endoscopy whilst at rest, although useful to diagnose the more severe or persistent problems, has been shown to underestimate some of the above diagnoses seen at exercise. This is where the over ground endoscope has been invaluable to get an accurate diagnosis allowing the best treatment or management options.
Gastric ulcers are a common under-diagnosed condition in horses and can cause poor performance, poor condition, weight loss and recurrent colic.
We can now diagnose these definitively at using a three metre long video endoscope which is passed into the stomach to evaluate the integrity of the lining.
Ulcers can range from mild to very severe and are graded accordingly. They can be effectively treated, and recurrence prevented by management strategies.
Treating ulcers can result in a dramatic improvement of your horse’s behaviour and performance.
If you suspect your horse could have ulcers or have any concerns please contact us for more information, and also see www.equinegastriculcers.co.uk.