Our Surgical Facility

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.

Common Surgeries we perform:

  • Routine Castration
  • Cryptorchid Castration
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ovariectomy
  • Laceration /  Wound Repair
  • Eye Conditions
  • C-section

Soft tissue surgeries including:

  • Bladder stones / Urinary issues
  • Abdomen – Colic
  • Tumor removals

Orthopedic problems including:

  • Neurectomy
  • Bone chip removal
  • Ligament desmotomy
  • Angular limb deformity

Equine ICU resizedCommon Surgical Treatments for Horses

Umbilical Hernia

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.

Lacerations & Wounds

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.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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.

Sarcoid Tumors

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.

Granulosa Cell Tumors

These are the most common form of ovarian cancer in the horse. These can be removed transvaginally with a standing procedure.

Digital Neurectomy

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.

What People
Have Said

"At Countrycare we received very excellent care from the entire staff. Dr. Barr is incredible, honest and full of wisdom. We have had two of our Prized Great Danes to see him. His approach to alternative treatments was very welcomed as well as his belief in traditional care and tools. Both dogs are doing great, and we will continue to seek his wisdom and expertise."
- Harold & Laura G., Luxemburg