Gastroscopy and Endoscopy
Gastric Ulcers have been shown to be very common in performance horses and not uncommon in pleasure horses. They can result in a variety of symptoms including poor performance, lameness, behavioural changes and loss of condition. The only way to definitively diagnoses whether horses have gastric ulcers it to look inside the stomach using a gastroscope.
Horses suspected of having gastric ulcers can attend our clinic for gastroscopy using a 3 metre long video gastroscope. Images and video footage can be saved so we are able to compare with the appearance after treatment.
We have a shorter endoscope which is used for investigation of respiratory problems such as coughing or chronic nasal discharge. The endoscope is a valuable tool for collecting samples from the respiratory tract for laboratory analysis.
Endoscopy is also useful for detailed examination of the mouth and teeth. Our rigid dental endoscope allows us to visualise dental abnormalities much clearer than manual examination with a headtorch and mirror. We can store images and videos to keep with horses clinical records and use for comparison at future examinations.
Our stud vets utilise endoscopy to visualise the inside of a mare's uterus in cases of chronic infertility or infection.
For more information about equine gastric ulcers please try this website: www.equinegastriculcers.co.uk or please call or email to discuss with one of our vets.
All our vets are trained in the use of endoscopy and gastroscopy for investigation of gastric ulcers and respiratory problems
Video endoscopy allows images and video to be recorded and stored