Intravenous Fluid Therapy
Catheter maintenance is one of the most critical elements of continuous intravenous fluid therapy, and the primary reason this treatment is challenging in a typical farm setting. Horses receiving intravenous fluid therapy at WCEH are continuously monitored by our veterinary assistants. Intensive Care is available with 24-hour continuous monitoring.
A foal receiving fluids for dehydration.
This sweet little miniature horse foal was only 3 days old and needed a plasma transfusion. We laid him down so it wouldn’t make him dizzy (serum sickness)
Endoscopy has been utilized for many years to evaluate the upper airway in horses. We have a small 8 mm external diameter endoscope that we use to evaluate the upper airway in horses. The small diameter of this endoscope assures that we can access this region in even the smallest pony or foal, without too much discomfort to the patient. The endoscope aids in harvesting diagnostic samples for bacterial cultures and cell samples, and performs some therapeutic procedures such as flushing and medicating a horse’s guttural pouches.
WCE also uses a specialized 3-meter length gastroscope is used to image the stomach of the horse to diagnose equine gastric ulcer syndrome and occasionally a foreign object or gastric tumor. The additional length is necessary to reach the equine stomach and to image all regions of the upper duodenum and pyloris.
Ultrasound of the left side of the heart.