Tor equine has invested in both a state-of-the-art portable video endoscope and video gastroscope which allows both the vet and the client to visualise otherwise inaccessible areas of horse’s bodies.

The advantage of the video system over the traditional fibre (eye piece) scopes is that it allows the images to be clearly seen on a large monitor. This enables the vet the show you the findings at the time and talk through the case. This helps for a better understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for your horse.

The 1.5m endoscope is very narrow and allows us to visualise and evaluate problems associated with the upper respiratory tract including the nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches and trachea. We can use the endoscope to take tracheal washes, investigate nasal discharges, coughing, increased respiratory noise at rest and during exercise and nose bleeds. We can also use it to look inside bladders!

The 3m gastroscope is vital for the identification, assessment and treatment of gastric ulceration and oesophageal problems. It’s reported that 36-53% of leisure horses have gastric ulcers (it’s higher in performance horses) with the most useful identifying sign being appetite changes. Horses stomachs are basically divided into two parts, the squamous and glandular portions, and ulcers can occur in both areas although the causes are often very different. A gastroscope examination is the only way to identify the presence of gastric ulcers and establish the most appropriate treatment.

Clinical signs of gastric ulceration vary widely but can include

  • Variable appetite / slowed eating
  • Weight loss / inability to maintain or gain condition
  • Behavioural / attitude changes
  • Girthing pain
  • Poor performance
  • Excessive lying down
  • Acute / recurrent colic
  • Teeth grinding
  • Frequent stretching to urinate

If you think your horse may be suffering from gastric ulceration give the practice a call on 01626 819597 to discuss the case and see if a gastroscope examination is required.