Our padded knock-down and recovery box means that we can carry out routine surgeries in a safe, controlled environment.
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The most common elective surgery we perform is the castration of colts. The vast majority of these we perform under sedation and using local anaesthesia. Mostly these are carried out on the home premises and require minimal facilities, a clean bed, hot water, clean buckets and access to clean turnout. If a “closed” castration is required it is performed under general anaesthesia.
It’s always been accepted that as equine vets we will anaesthetise horses “in the field” but obviously this not only carries with it risks, inducing anaesthesia and recovery but is very weather dependent.
Our fully padded “knock-down box” is perfect for routine surgical procedures that require general anaesthetic, ensuring a controlled induction of anaesthesia and safe recovery, at a time that suits everyone and isn’t weather dependent.
Other surgical procedures commonly performed under anaesthesia are;
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