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Ridgefield Animal Hospital
Time of need care - We offer care for your horse in case of medical colic, sickness, lameness, injury, metabolic problems, or chronic illness. We are equipped to provide emergency intravenous fluids and most laboratory results are either performed in-house or obtained from a reference lab within 24 hours. Our doctors provide "on call" emergency care for our regular clients on a 24 hour basis. Horses requiring continuation of fluid therapy, medical and/or surgical care are sent to facilities such as the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge for hospitalization, which we are not set up to provide. More information on equine emergencies can be found at www.LSUEquine.com.
Pre-purchase examinations - An extensive physical examination performed prior to a client purchasing a horse. Services such as lameness evaluation, neurologic, ophthalmologic and reproductive examinations, and drug screening are available. The information gathered is used by the prospective buyer and/or agent to determine whether the horse will be servicable for it's intended use. The exam can include laboratory testing, radiographs, endoscopy, and ultrasound exams. The cost of an examination of this nature depends on the degree of detail the client wishes to pursue and the number and type of testing chosen.
Geriatric care - Aged horses can have sub-clinical health care issues that can be identified and treated before they become a problem. If your horse is over 15 years of age we recommend a complete physical examination and blood testing to establish baseline values. This is often a good time for your veterinarian to discuss diet, dental care, and the lameness issues that may come into play when dealing with an older horse.
Lameness examination - To evaluate the locomotion of your horse, we use a variety of techniques to identify the source(s) of lameness including physical examination and palpation, flexion tests, and joint and nerve blocks. Radiography, ultrasound, and laboratory tests help us to further evaluate the source of your horse's lameness. Therapy can include pain relievers, dietary additions, joint injections, and forms of physical therapy. Orthopedic surgeries are referred to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge.
Our facility also has specialized diagnostic equipment on site that allows us to better determine the causes of illness or disease in your horse. These include:
Radiography - uses X-rays to visualize bone for abnormalities including arthritic changes, fractures, OCD, bone cysts and bone infection. These images require developing in-house and therefore are best done during a visit to our hospital where developing and viewing can be done at the time of the exam.
Tonometry - is a device that measures the intraocular pressure of the eye and is useful in diagnosing glaucoma and uveitis.