It is critical that our horses are sound and able to perform at the optimum level. There are many experienced veterinarians at ECO that can help solve your horse’s lameness issues and maintain peak performance. We have a variety of diagnostic tools at our exposure including: Radiography, Tendon Ultrasound, and Thermography.
The Equine Clinic at OakenCroft has both a "DR" (digital radiology) and "CR" (computed radiology) system to best suit the needs of horse and owner. Both systems use an imaging plate in lieu of film, which means a sharper, more detailed image than with traditional radiology. The DR system functions so that the image taken by the x-ray machine can be viewed on a portable computer right after taking an image. The CR system has a plate that is read by a computer at the clinic that works much faster and more effeciently than traditional film methods.
Our portable tendon ultrasound has a special probe dedicated to scanning tendons and ligaments, which are important connective tissue structures in the equine body, and are often a common source of lameness when injured. Tendon ultrasounds are very useful in tracking the often slow healing process in these tissues and can help assess the appropriate therapy for your horse, including additional medications and exercise schedules.
When a horse has an injury or irritation, there is often local swelling and inflammation that increases the temperature of that area. Thermography shows relative temperatures of the structures, relayed in a variety of colors, that can indicate warmer or cooler spots on the horse's body. Our device is hand-held and portable, and may help pin-point certain problematic lamenesses, muscle soreness, or other injuries that may not be obvious to the naked eye.