General Medicine and Surgery
Horses are athletes and like any athlete their best performances are achieved when they're in perfect health. The better they are managed, the easier it is to keep them in the ideal condition, whether to attain that top performance, or simply to be a pleasant ride or happy companion. However, as anyone who works with horse knows, they will injure themselves from time to time no matter how careful you are! Totally Vets can attend to the individual patient right through to helping with overall management to prevent diseases and other conditions that may threaten the good health of your horse.
Totally Vets regularly carry out examinations of horses prior to purchase. These are conducted by one of our experienced equine vets according to the New Zealand Veterinary Association guidelines. Pre-purchase examinations consist of a full and thorough clinical examination of the horse which is carried out in five stages:
Stage 1 preliminary examination at rest
Stage 2 during walking, trotting, turning and backing, including flexion tests
Stage 3 during and immediately after stenous exercise
Stage 4 during the period after exercise
Stage 5 during walking, trotting, turning and backing
A partial examination is an alternative and includes stages 1 and 2 only.
Ancillary examinations may be requested or recommended and these include endoscopy, radiography, electrocardiography and reproductive examination.
Horses can be brought into our Awapuni premises for examinations if suitable facilities (such as a long flat level area of hard surface for trotting up) are not available where your horse is normally kept.
Radiography and Sonography
Totally Vets keeps apace with the great strides made in veterinary radiology and sonography and offers high quality digital radiography services and ultrasonography of equine limbs. These imaging techniques offer insight into the internal hidden structures of the horses body and are used as an integral part of all the methods available for diagnosis. These procedures can be carried out at your place if your facilities are suitable or you can bring your horse to Totally Vets Awapuni branch.
Endoscopy allows Totally Vets to look at the internal workings of the horse, especially the upper respiratory airways. Endoscopy is a hugely powerful tool in diagnosing respiratory diseases and conditions.