For those times when surgery is needed for your horse, you can be assured that Countrycare provides the highest standards of surgical, anesthetic and nursing care.
Our equine surgical facility includes a full surgical suite and recovery room for the safety and comfort of your horse. We utilize gas anesthesia with a ventilator for our surgical procedures which gives us the ability to address surgical care far beyond what can be done in “the field or barn” situation.
Traditional, fiberoptic, cryogenic, laser and radiosurgical equipment are all available to allow any number of surgical options to be done. Advanced stapling equipment allows colic surgery to be completed in the shortest surgical time possible.
Anesthesia monitoring is advanced with pulse oximetry, blood pressure, EKG and capnography. Post-surgical recovery is in a padded recovery room that is light and sound controlled.
The umbilical hernia is the most common hernia seen in horses. Any umbilical hernia with an abdominal opening greater than 2 cm requires surgical correction to prevent possible intestinal strangulation in the future.
Horses have the ability to cut practically any part of their body on any object they can find. Lower leg wounds are among the most common injuries found in horses. Due to the poor circulation in the lower leg of horses, injuries in this area can be very difficult to heal. Many require closure and drain tubes and long term bandage applications for an acceptable cosmetic result.
These are the most common tumors found around the horse’s eye. They are most prevalent on light colored horses or Paint horses with bald faces. Early surgical excision is the most effective treatment.
Sarcoids are the most common locally reoccurring skin tumor in horses. If detected early they can be removed by wide surgical excision. Once they have locally spread then Topical treatment is preferred.
These are the most common form of ovarian cancer in the horse. These can be removed transvaginally with a standing procedure.
This is a last resort procedure for painful navicular disease in a horse. Most horses recover well after surgery but there is always the possibility of future painful neuroma formation.
"Sophie received excellent treatment, love and care for a foreign body removal surgery at Countrycare. I thought when I took her back to get her stitches out she might not want to go but she ran right in and was happy to see everyone. I can't say enough to express my gratitude to Dr. Barr, Dr. Strickfaden and the staff at Countrycare for saving Sophie's life. Every day we watch her run around and play and are so grateful she is still with us."
- Kathy M., Luxemburg