Medicine

The Bendigo Equine Hospital is equipped with the experience, staff, equipment and facilities to diagnose and manage a range of internal medicine cases from weight loss to skin diseases. Simon has a specific interest in this area and holds additional qualifications in equine medicine.

We have the diagnostic equipment to perform myelograms for neurological conditions, such as (“Wobblers”).

Respiratory cases can be worked up using endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract, tracheal washes, brocholaveolar lavages (“lungwashes”) and ultrasonography of the lungs.

Adult horses, as well as foals, can be managed intensively in the hospital including administration of continuous intravenous fluids, which is often required in sick dehydrated horses, post surgical colics and cases of diarrhoea

 

Foals

 

Unfortunately neonatal (newborn) foals often require veterinary care. Common syndromes seen in young foals include “dummy foal syndrome” (abnormal behaviour and organ function, caused by low oxygen levels or “hypoxia”) and neonatal sepsis (systemic bacterial infections, often predisposed to by an inadequate immune system).

Foals at the Bendigo Equine Hospital have the facilities to be housed in a separate stall from the mare with an adjoining window, so the mare can still see and touch the foal. These foal boxes are set up with the ability to administer continuous intravenous fluids (often necessary in dehydrated foals, those with diarrhoea or those unable to drink from the mare) and a continuous oxygen supply.