Equine

Equine Services

At Scottsdale Veterinary Services we understand how much your horse means to you and strive to provide individual care and attention.

We provide a full 24 hour fully ambulatory emergency service e.g. colics, foalings, injury and illness.

Read on for specific information about our range of EquineVeterinary services.

Our equine service includes:

  • Colic
  • Routine surgeries : castration, wound sutures, hernias
  • Founder
  • Injuries
  • Foalings
  • General sickness
  • Microchipping
  • Vaccination

Equine Dental Services

An annual dental check-up brings peace of mind for you and your horse. 
Regular dental examination and treatment is essential for every horse whether it be competing at a high level or just grazing the paddock as a retired pet. Dental treatments performed at least once a year are recommended to prevent painful conditions of the mouth.

Common signs of dental trouble is a change in chewing habits in your horse. Dental issues can include dribbling or dropping feed out of its mouth while eating, holding head to the side or simply refusing to eat hard grain. This can lead to behavioural problems that include

  • Tossing their head when being ridden
  • Pulling to one side when ridden
  • Increased resistance to the bridle
  • Becoming nervous
  • Lunging, rearing and being generally unsettled or unwilling to perform correctly or consistently

It is not uncommon for your horse to show no outward signs of dental issues. Our equine vets are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of dental issues and are fully equipped with a powerfloat, dental halter and portable crush, giving you peace of mind.

Common Conditions

Colic

The veterinary definition of colic is any condition that leads to pain within the abdomen of the horse. This may be pain associated with the gastrointestinal system, or it maybe related to pain associated with other vital organs such as the liver or the kidneys. Commonly we use it to refer to pain associated with the gastrointestinal system. Mild colic resulting from gut spasm or minor impactions can respond well to medical treatment without the need for surgery. More serious cases arise when pieces of gut are twisted or compromised and these require surgical intervention to correct.

Colic may manifest in your horse as one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pawing the ground
  • Looking at their flank
  • Lying down
  • Restless behaviour
  • Rolling or sweating
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Reduction in faecal output

It is advisable to call a vet if your horse is displaying signs of colic so that we can try to determine if the colic is likely to be medical or surgical. Monitoring of vital signs can give us clues as to the severity of the colic, and the best course of action to take.

Respiratory Disease

Respiratory disease is a relatively common occurrence in the horse. Respiratory disease is defined as a deleterious process affecting any part of the respiratory system; from the nose and sinuses, throat and airways, through to the lungs. Lifestyle factors such as prolonged periods of travel, stabling and mixing with other horses at competitions can play a key role in the development of respiratory conditions.

Signs of respiratory disease are:

  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Increased noise on exercise
  • Reduced appetite
  • Swollen glands
  • Noticing if your horse seems dull or flat

If you are concerned that your horse is showing one or more of the above signs call your vet for further advice.

Equine Annual Health Program

An annual health check helps to keep your horse performing at its best all year round
Our Equine Annual Health Program includes:

  • Equivac 2 in 1 (Tetanus & Strangles)
  • Dental examination/float
  • Equest wormers x 2
  • 4 x Faecal Egg Counts (per horse per year)
  • Wellness check
  • Additional wormer and vaccine discount of 10%