Ranch Calls–At this time all appointments will be seen as ranch calls.
General Health–annual examinations along with vaccination and a parasite control strategy are always a good place to start to prevent problems from occurring and to identify existing problems before they begin to compound.
Coggins Testing and Health Certificates–We have partnered with Global VetLink for Coggins testing to provide digital Coggins results with your horses picture on it instead of a drawing. This service also allows us to provide e-health certificates for horses and livestock.
Dental Services–Due to the anatomical and developmental differences between a horses teeth and many other species and the management practices imposed on performance horses, many horses benefit from annual dental floats. This procedure reduces the sharp points that form against the tongue on the lower arcade and against the cheek on the upper arcade. Of perhaps greater importance to your horse, however, is the exam that goes with the float which allows identification of problems that are often not obvious until the horse is relaxed and sedated.
Lameness Examination and Treatment–An accurate lameness diagnosis and treatment is an important part of keeping an equine athlete performing at the highest level possible. A thorough lameness exam including palpation and flexion tests to evaluate the severity of the lameness and begin localizing the painful area is always the starting point. From there diagnostic anesthesia with or without radiographs and/or ultrasound may be indicated to isolate the source of pain and hopefully arrive at a diagnosis at which point treatment options can be discussed.
Pre-Purchase Examination–Pre-purchase exams can be performed on behalf of the buyer and can be highly variable in intensity. A basic pre-purchase examination includes a very thorough physical examination and observation of the horse in motion and flexion tests. This is usually followed by at least some radiographs if deemed necessary by physical examination and/or flexion tests.
Digital Radiography–Digital radiography, or digital X-ray, is a step forward from conventional radiography because it creates a digital image that is instantly available to view and can be modified to enhance the image quality even under adverse conditions. Radiographs are primarily used in horses for assessing bone, joints and dental structures. Additionally, it has the convenience of being easy to share in challenging cases where a second opinion is needed.
Ultrasonography–Ultrasonography uses high frequency sound waves to produce either a linear or cross sectional image of soft tissue or fluid filled anatomic structures. It provides an extremely useful tool in many cases of soft tissue lameness as well as being a primary modality for reproductive, abdominal, ophthalmic and thoracic imaging.
Laboratory–A limited number of laboratory tests will be available from the truck with immediate results but comprehensive diagnostics are available from an outside laboratory.
Reproductive Exam (mare) and artificial insemination–We can perform breeding soundness exams, ultrasonographic exams to follow a cycle and artificial insemination with fresh cooled semen.
Ophthalmic Examination–Horses are frequently afflicted by corneal wounds that can become catastrophic if treatment is delayed. Prompt diagnosis involves examination with an ophthalmoscope and the use of special stains and a special type of light to visualize the extent of the damage and form a treatment plan. Other less common ophthalmic diseases can also be evaluated with the use of the ophthalmoscope.
Field Surgery–Castrations, Caslicks procedures and many wounds can be handled in the field. Other surgical options will be handled on a case by case basis.
Emergency Services–Emergency service is available 24/7. If you have an emergency please call (325) 248-3401. If we cannot answer the phone please leave a message with your name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible. Due to the unpredictable cellular coverage around Llano, if you have an urgent concern, please also call the office number [(325) 248-3401] if you cannot reach us on the mobile number.