Equine Colic is a distressing condition for both horse and owner, which requires rapid veterinary attention. This is because many of the conditions, which cause colic become life threatening in a relatively short period of time.
Colic means pain in the abdomen, and is usually as a result of an intestinal problem, but it can also be caused by...
Endoscopy, or "scoping" is an excellent means of investigating diseases involving:
The Respiratory Tract
It provides a safe, non-invasive method for examining these difficult-to-see places without the need for surgery.
We recommend yearly dental checks for all horses and ponies.
At these yearly checks important issues can be diagnosed and treated.
Fertility / Artificial Insemination
All our vets have a special interest in equine fertility and have very good experience with mares.
We have two ultrasound machines.
We can perform routine scanning for season, early pregnancy detection from 14 days post covering,
Laboratory (Haematology and Bio-Chemistry)
We have an in house lab with a haematology machine, biochemistry machine and microscope. We can perform urinalysis if required.
We can analyse your hors...
Phenylbutazone (bute) Use
Blackwater Vet Clinic would like to remind all equine clients that in order to comply with regulations regarding the use of phenylbutazone (Phenylarthrite injection/Equipalazone powder) any horse treated with this drug must have his passport presented to the vet/office staff to be marked 'NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION'.
The reason for this i...
Preventative Health Care
Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realise your animals are heavily infected. At the very least, parasites can lower resistance, rob the horse of valuable nutrients, and cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness. At their worst, they can lead to colic, intesti...
Pre-purchase / Sales Vetting
Conor and James are happy to perform a full five stage pre purchase examination on your horse.
We offer full radiography/scoping if required. We have digital radiography and so your horses x-rays can be emailed anywhere in the world for appraisal by the prospective buyer or their vet or indeed for a second opinion to a specialist ra...
We have a digital radiography.
We can x-ray your horse at home or in our clinic. If we x-ray the horse at the clinic the x-ray is available within seconds.
Because our x-ray processor is digital we can email the horse's x-rays to a specialist if required.
We have specialist equine surgical facilities including a padded knockdown box, operating theatre and hoist.
We routinely perform:
Cryptorchid (rig) castration
The most common indication for ultrasoundography in equine practice is in the per rectal examination of the ovaries and uterus during fertility examinations. (Pregnancy scanning & Tendon scanning)
Ultrasound scanning however has many uses other than these common ones - we find it very helpful in assessing bladder problems in foals, and al...