The practice has full surgical facilities including an air-conditioned equine operating theatre with in-built emergency lighting system in case of power cuts, electronically operated operating table, electronic hoist and fully padded anaesthetic box for induction and recovery. We are able to safely perform most general anaesthetic surgery procedures. Including:
Veterinary surgeon Norrie Chapman has performed countless colic operations over the last 10 years with a good success rate. She is assisted by an experianced team of equine nurses and anaesthetists.
We always suggest you call us as soon as possible if you think your horse may be suffering from colic. More often than not we are able to treat the horse with pain relief on your own premises, however if after consultation and examination the case is considered to be surgical, then it is important to get the horse or pony to the clinic as quickly as possible. Following surgery, our team of experianced vets and nurses provide careful and considerate post operative care until the time the patient can go home.
Generally hernia operations are performed electively, with the horse under general anaesthetic. The small amount of excess skin over the hernia is removed, and the edges of the body wall along the hole are sutured together. The skin is then sutured closed. Post-operatively, horses are stabled and treated with oral antibiotics. There may also be some restriction on turnout/exercise in order to keep the wound clean and ensure successful healing.
Most of the time, the testicles move from the abdomen into the scrotum around the time of birth, but occasionally they may fail to descend. This makes the colt a cryptorchid or monorchid (or a rig).
Testosterone will be produced by the testicles whether in their correct position or not, so it is important to operate both from a management point of view, and to prevent unwanted breeding. It has also been found that cryptorchid horses tend to pass the genes on to offspring.
Castrating rigs is more difficult as it cannot be done in the traditional way, instead it may involve an incision into the abdomen to search for the testicles. That said rig operations are a fairly standard procedure with few complications and patients often being discharged on the same day.
If you think your colt may be a rig we can run tests to identify if the horse is retaining a testicle and suggest the best course of action.