Caithness Scoping Clinics
In conjunction with DS McGregor and Partners, we are delighted to be able to offer a scoping service for the horses and ponies of Caithness.
Our 3.2m slimline endoscope can investigate the respiratory tract, as well as assess the lining of the stomach.
Gastric ulceration is very common in horses; affecting 37% of leisure horses, and 63% of performance horses. Two types of ulcer syndromes exist, so diagnosis via endoscopy is important to make sure the correct medication is started.
Symptoms can include:
- Failure to perform
- Lethargy or reluctance to move forward
- Reluctance to accept the leg under saddle
- Irritation when grooming or tacking up
- Poor condition or poor coat
Equine Asthma, or COPD/RAO is also very common in horses and can be managed successfully in many cases by controlling dust levels. In some cases though, medications are required. A diagnosis can be achieved with samples taken in the airway through an endoscope.
Symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing in stable
- Coughing at beginning of exercise
- “Heaves” or increased abdominal effort
- Poor performance
Please note that these clinics will operate on a payment upfront basis.