Surgery & Anesthesia
At Equerry, our mission is to provide the safest possible environment minimizing the risks for your horse while it undergoes a general anesthetic. All surgical procedures have a dedicated anesthesia team headed by a qualified veterinarian and a dedicated surgical team headed by a Board Certified equine surgeon. Having two teams allows each team to focus solely on their respective responsibilities. This allows us to keep anesthesia time to a minimum which is considered critical in preventing complications in horses. Our surgical suite is fully equipped to handle orthopedic, soft tissue and emergency equine surgery. Our anesthetic machine includes a ventilator capable maintaining horses of all sizes from foals to large warmbloods and drafts.
While a horse is under anesthetic, multiple arterial blood gas readings are analyzed for immediate evaluation of blood oxygen and carbon dioxide as well as electrolytes. We also connect the horse to a multiple parameter anesthetic monitoring unit which measures systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, end tidal carbon dioxide, oxygen saturation and temperature. Isoflurane is our anesthetic gas of choice because it reduces complications and speeds recovery time. Our Haico surgery table was shipped from Finland. It has an internal scissor lift and gas hydraulic panels to allow it to be used in both dorsal and lateral recumbency. The table is used in conjunction with Snell air cushions imported from England. Along with good anesthesia, these help to minimize the risk of myositis and other complications of anesthesia in the horse.
- hernia repair
- mass removal
- soft tissue
- airway including tie back, guttural pouch, arytenoidectomy
- dental surgery including extractions, repulsions and even root canals