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24 Hour Emergency Cover

Here at Swanspool we are proud to say that we can offer you a full emergency service 24 hours per day, 365 days per year - and if you do need to see a vet out of normal surgery hours you will see one of our vets! Guaranteed!

Routine Visits

We offer routine visits for horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, alpacas and game birds. You may be surprised how far we travel!

Dentistry

Routine and advanced dentistry including electric work, wolf tooth removal and other simple extractions.

Endoscopy

Examination by scope for coughing horses of trachea, larynx, guttural pouches and upper respiratory tract.

Export Certificates

Planning to take your horse abroad - we can help you with all the paperwork you will need.

Medicated Feedstuffs

Do you have poultry and require a medicated feedstuff prescription - we are able to help.

Horse identification

It is now a legal requirement to have a DEFRA recognized passport for your horse. The significance of these passports is the presence of section IX, part A or B, one of which must be signed. This relates to possible “intention for slaughter for human consumption”. It is necessary to get all passports transferred into you name within 30 days of acquiring a new horse. Any new passports, irrespective of the age of the horse, can only be issued if the horse has been micro-chipped. All foals, born between January and end of June must be pass-ported buy the end of that year, those born between July 1st and the end of the year must be pass-ported and within 6 months of birth.

Castrations

Castrations can be performed from any age, but usually between 6 months and 2 years. We try to do as many castrations sedated and standing as this is a quicker procedure, posses fewer risks to the horse and is cheaper. However, sometimes it is necessary to perform the procedure under a general anesthetic. The better handled the horse the more routine the procedure.

Disposal

Sadly we all need to consider what may happen after our horses pass away. Most owners prefer a cremation disposal after chemical euthanasia. We are happy to arrange collection and advise with regards standard disposal, with no ashes returned, or individual cremation, which allows the return of all your horses’ ashes, in a casket. When an elective euthanasia is arranged we like to co-ordinate with the collection service to minimize un-necessary delays and stress. However some owners still prefer for their horses to go to their local hunt kennels. For this to be the case we need to perform the euthanasia by use of a gun.

Euthanasia

Sometimes circumstances may not allow us to offer a choice of methods of euthanasia but usually we can offer either the injection or gun. It is sometimes necessary to sedate the horse before the final administration. This helps to calm what is often a tense situation and so makes the procedure go more smoothly. Every horse reacts slightly differently in their final moments but however it is performed, the horse is usually unconscious before it comes to rest on the ground. However, it is usual for them to breath intermittently for a further three minutes. If you would prefer it can be arranged for the hunt kennels to both shoot and collect your horse, which will usually be less expensive.

X-ray

With our ‘state of the art’ fully portable digital x-ray machine we can visit to radiograph virtually all aspects of your horse, including the naviculars, stifles, neck and teeth, with instant viewing and diagnosing. Ideal for lameness work-ups and when liaising with farriers.

Bloods and Lab work

Having our own ‘in-house’ testing equipment we can check red and white blood cell parameters and look for organ damage. These results are usually available the same day as sampling, allowing for same-day diagnosing for the sick horse. Other more intricate tests have to be sent away to specialist laboratories where necessary.

Vettings

We offer pre-purchase 2 & 5 stages vettings, as well as examinations for insurance. 2 stage vettings; includes eyes, heart, lungs, limbs and body and soundness evaluation. Facilities needed include a dark stable and a 30 meter firm flat area for trot-ups. 5 stage vetting; includes 2 stage vetting but with additional flexion tests before and after a strenuous ridden phase. Facilities required include quiet dark stable, firm flat trot-up area and suitable area for ridden exercise at walk, trot and canter. On the day of the vetting the horse should not be exercised, and preferably have been stabled all day. For reasons of professional conduct we may decline to perform vettings if we feel there may be a conflict of interests. This does not necessarily mean there is a problem with the horse!

Teeth

Routine dental work is advised at least every 12 months. With our motorised rasp and other hand instruments we offer a “better than basic” level of dental care. This includes routine rasping, molar extractions, motorised reductions of abnormal arcades, bit-seats and wolf tooth removals.

Scanners

We have 3 fully portable scanners; Rectal scanner for fertility work (equine and bovine), Digital scanner for tendon scanning (battery powered), Combined tendon and fertility scanner. These scanners are in constant use, allowing us to provide on-sight diagnoses for lameness cases and fertility work in the comfort of your own stable!

Breeding

Breeding your own foal is becoming much more popular, and now with the increased availability of chilled and frozen semen, and the opportunity for “home insemination” it is a rapidly growing service we are providing. A natural covering from a stallion holds the greatest success at least expense whilst insemination with frozen is the most intense, and expensive. However there are many benefits to AI over natural covering. Primarily this is convenience. Whether using chilled or frozen from a stallion as far away as from abroad, the mare need not be sent miles away, but can be kept locally. Perhaps just as importantly we can control the insemination to reduce the potential for infection and complications, often seen with natural coverings. To help plan ahead we are offering an AI package. This is an affordable and comprehensive package designed to include all aspects of a routine insemination.

Vaccination

Flu and/or tetanus vaccinations, starting from 6 months of age: 1st to 2nd vaccination = 21 – 92 days (inclusive) 2nd to 3rd vaccination = 150 – 215 days (inclusive) Then annually = within calendar year (FEI competition rules = within the previous 6 monthly but not the preceding 7 days) The significance of these timings is not just for the animals immunity but more importantly to abide with the jockey club rules, adhered to by the racing community, pony club and other societies. The consequence of falling outside of these dates can mean being declined entry to certain venues, including pony club camp. Immune stimulation by a vaccine requires an ‘immune response’ from the horses. This naturally can result in a raised temperature. This is usually short lived and usually goes un-noticed. However, some times your horse may appear quiet and dull for 24hours.

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