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Equine Surgery From Our Veterinarian in Bowling Green

At Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, our veterinarian in Bowling Green is committed to providing horses with the comprehensive care they need to lead healthier and happier lives. We understand the unique nature of horses, and our equine veterinary team has the knowledge and experience to provide a number of services ranging from diagnostics to surgery and everything in between. If your horse is in need of surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team to get started.equine surgery from our veterinarian in bowling green

Horse Surgery Options Available

Surgical procedures in horses are always a major undertaking, which is why it's so important to choose an experienced and skilled equine veterinarian. Our vet has experience in performing any number of surgical procedures on horses, including:

  • castration
  • joint surgery
  • colic surgery
  • stifle disease surgery

What to Expect From a Horse Surgery at Our Animal Hospital

At our animal hospital, we will never recommend a horse surgery without first performing a physical evaluation of the horse itself. This comprehensive physical examination will help us to confirm that surgery is the best option as well as perform any diagnostic testing needed to confirm a condition that requires the surgery in the first place.

From there, we begin to tackle the issue of anesthesia. Because it takes a great deal of carefully administered medicine to properly sedate a horse for surgery, we may need to conduct pre-surgery blood work and other tests to make sure that this can be done safely in our office. This is done for the safety of your horse and our veterinary staff. 

Your horse will be carefully monitored throughout the entire surgery, as well as throughout the recovery process while we wait for him or her to come out of anesthesia. From there, depending on the specific surgery that was performed, it may be necessary to keep your horse for monitoring. If any post-surgical medications are needed, these will be provided to you, along with instructions on how to properly administer them. Our veterinary team will also take the time to provide you with important aftercare information as well as any signs of complications to look out for. We never anticipate complications to arise, but we want to make sure horse owners are as informed as possible.

And of course, our equine veterinary team will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have before your horse is discharged from our animal hospital. Follow-up appointments may also be scheduled to ensure that your horse is recovering and healing properly after the surgery.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Equine Veterinarian Today

If you're interested in finding out more about our equine surgical services, it's time to schedule an appointment with our veterinary team today. You can reach Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center by giving us a call at (270) 781-5041. Be sure to take advantage of our new client special as well!


Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center – Your Trusted Veterinarian in Bowling Green, KY

As your choice local veterinarian in Bowling Green, we are proud to provide a wide range of vet care services for your pets. Whether you’re interested in preventative veterinary care or large animal surgery, our experienced and dedicated team is here to help!

What is an Equine Surgeon?

An equine surgeon has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. They are often practicing equine veterinarians who are proficient in advanced surgical procedures. To earn a board certification, equine vets must graduate from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, complete an internship and an approved residency specific to equine surgery. Board certification also requires that equine veterinarians must pass an intensive 3-day written, practical and oral exam.

When Do I Need an Equine Surgeon?

Typically, our equine surgeon works to treat minor lacerations and castrations. Because horses can be relatively difficult to anesthetize and are more vulnerable to postoperative compilations than other species, we will only recommend surgery if it is an absolute necessity.

What Kind of Complications May Arise with Anesthesia?

Anesthesia always carries a certain amount of risk but these are typically rare. Modern anesthesia is very safe but we do recognize that horses of all ages and health levels do require special care. With equine anesthesia, the biggest challenge is the size of our patients. Because horses have such a high body weight when they are under anesthesia a great deal of pressure can be put on different areas of the body. In some cases, this can lead to nerve and/or muscle damage. To help prevent this problem, we will work to pad the surgery table and keep the anesthesia period as short as possible.

What Are Some of the Common Equine Health Conditions That May Require Surgery?

In addition to minor lacerations and castrations, your horse may need surgery to help correct the following common health conditions:

  • Fractures
  • Colic
  • Lameness
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Neoplasia
  • Reproductive Problems

What Are Some Common Equine Specific Surgical Procedures?

  • Upper Airway Surgery
  • Fracture Repair
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Laparotomy or Laparoscopy
  • Urogenital or Reproductive Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Sinonasal or Dental Surgery
  • Oncology or Mass Removal
  • General Reconstructive Surgery or Laceration Repair

Who Will Perform Surgery on My Horse?

Surgery is always performed by a board-certified surgeon and assisted by a qualified vet surgery technician or student. We are proud to employ a well-qualified technical staff that is here to play an important role in helping to prepare your horse for surgery. Additionally, our team is trained in aftercare and the monitoring of your horse’s post-op progress.

Contact Our Bowling Green Veterinary Team Today

Interested in learning more about the equine surgery and vet care services provided at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center? Call 270-781-5041 or visit us online today for more information and to schedule an initial consultation.

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