At Wright and Morten, we care about looking after your horse from nose to tail and all the bits in between. It is very important to us that we provide a complete service to all our clients from preventative healthcare, including vaccinations and dental checks, through to the investigation of illnesses and lameness. With our new clinic up and running we thought it would be a good time to tell you about some of the things we can do.
From your 6 month or yearly check making sure everything is ok, through to advanced dental procedures such as removal of teeth and treating diastemas. We perform advanced dentistry procedures in our clinic which has been designed with dentistry in mind so we have sturdy stocks with non-slip flooring and a large heated treatment room.
We also have oral endoscopy to examine the mouth and surgical equipment for extractions. We also have a visiting specialist for certain procedures who we contact about specific cases. Neil Townsend is a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a recognised specialist in equine dentistry.
Neil worked for many years at The Philip Leverhulme Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool, before joining Three Counties Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire. Neil visits our Somerford Park Clinic to see referral cases on a regular basis.
From a slight sniffle to nasty infections we investigate all kinds of respiratory disorders. To help us do this we have a video endoscope to examine the airways from the nose to the lungs. Also as the image is on a screen it means that owners of the horses can watch the video either at the time or see images and clips from the procedure later. This allows us to looks at any inflammation, infection and constrictions in the airways that can affect a horse’s performance and well-being. It also allows us to take samples from parts of the airway which can help us in diagnosing conditions. While we often perform this in the clinic it can be done on yard providing there is a suitable stable or area to set it up and mains electricity.
We regularly perform gastroscopy on horses suspected of having gastric ulceration and as well as allowing us to diagnose ulceration we can monitor the response to treatment which is very important as it allows us to tailor a treatment program to each horse. We perform this using a specialist gastroscope that is 3 metres long and has a fibre-optic camera to relay pictures to a screen.
As horses must be fasted before this we often have them arrive the night before and stay with us in the clinic so we can perform the gastroscope first thing in the morning.
Investigation of weight loss, diarrhoea or other digestive symptoms can include an ultrasound scan of the abdomen. The ultrasound scanner can allow us to see the large and small intestines, liver, spleen and kidneys. We cannot see the whole abdomen as horses are just too big but we can often see abnormalities allowing us to take accurate samples from affected organs or even diagnose a problem from the scan.
Often these are treated on yard mostly with biopsies and treatment trials being performed on yard but we do perform intra-dermal skin tests in the clinic. This is to allow use to help diagnose horses who have multiple allergies and often these horses have been very hard to treat previously with continued itchiness and self-trauma. The skin test involves a small amount of different allergens being injected into the skin and the response being measured. By knowing what a horse is allergic to we can develop management plans to avoid the allergens or start immunotherapy to help reduce the reaction.
Inside Nature's Giants
We will be running another of our very popular Inside Nature’s Giants evenings on Wednesday 7th March 2018. This will be a very informative evening where we will use horse post mortem materials to introduce you to the anatomy of the horse, giving you a unique opportunity to have a detailed look inside these fascinating animals.
What’s the evening for?
The evening will allow horse owners to become more familiar with how their horses work, and will give you more understanding about the relationship between your own horse, and their anatomy and physiology. You don’t need to be a client, or even a horse owner – just curious about how the body works and willing to donate to a good cause.
Who is this evening for?
The evening is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning more about horses. It will use a large amount of horse post mortem materials, including heads, bodies and legs. For this reason it is not suitable for very young children. It is suitable for horse owners, riders, students and anyone whose curious about how the equine body works.
We are running this evening as a fund raiser for the Alzheimers Society. All our vets, nurses and support staff are volunteering their services. We are asking clients for a donation of £20 per person to attend the event. You can pay and book over the phone by calling the office on 01477 571000 / 08458330034. Last time we ran this course it sold out very quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment. We think these tickets will make a great Christmas present.
The event will be running from 3.30pm. Attendees will be visiting four demonstrations over approximately 90 minutes. The four stations are – the head / sinuses and dentistry, the chest cavity, the legs, tendons and joints anatomy and the whole body with some comparative anatomy with farm species. We will be providing tea, coffee and cake after you finish the event.
FARM AND EQUINE The Barn, Holly Tree Farm, Holmes Chapel Road, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DT