At Kingswood Vets we run an ambulatory service. At present we do not have any hospitisation facitilities on site, and equines requiring such treatment are referred to refferal hospitals.
The practice is equipped with an in-house laboratory, enabling us to greatly decrease the time you wait for results of, for example, many blood and urine tests. We use the latest technology in wet chemistry analysers, resulting in reliable data for use in your pet’s diagnosis. Furthermore, our laboratory also allows us 24-hour access to test equipment, vital if your horse requires out-of-hours ttreatment.
Ultrasonography, radiography (x-rays) and endoscopy are all available from the practice to allow our vets the opportunity to view inside the body of your horse without using surgery. These non-invasive techniques can be used to diagnose a great many conditions and of course are much kinder to your horse. All of our diagnostic imaging equipment can be bought to your horses stable to undertake the proceedures so there is no need to stress and travel the horse.
Here the vet uses an ultrasound probe over your horses body. This creates an image on a monitor that allows the vet to see inside your horse. This is particularly useful for looking at small areas of soft tissue such as the tendons and ligaments.
Ultrasound examinations are pain-free and can usually be performed without sedation or anaesthesia, depending on the condition and the temperament of the animal. In order for this to be performed the vet will need to shave an area of hair, to allow good contact between the probe and your horses body.
This technique uses x-rays to create an image of the inside of your horse. Although it is a pain-free technique, it is very important that your horse remains completely motionless in whichever positions we need to place them. For this reason we usually need to sedate your horse.
In order to keep anaesthetics as short as possible, and to allow the highest quality images to be produced, the practice uses digital radiography. This means the image is produced on a computer screen within seconds. Digital radiography also has the added advantage that we can e-mail the image to specialist consultants for immediate further diagnosis if this is required.
An endoscope is a long tube-like piece of equipment with a camera at the end. It can be inserted into your horse eg via the nostrils, and enables the vet to view areas inside your pet such as the stomach or lungs.
Although not painful, endoscopy may be a little uncomfortable, and it is important that the animal does not make any sudden movements. For this reason sedation is always used for endoscopic procedures.