Clara Mason, DVM

44 Cloverleaf Street
Winfield, WV 25213

(304)340-1401

claramasondvm.com

Equine Services

Wellness care - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  That saying holds true for horses also. As part of our routine care we provide vaccinations, deworming, Coggins testing, and dental care. At the time of service we can discuss any issues you may have with your horse including nutrtional needs, training programs, geriatric care, etc..

Time of need care-We offer care for your horse in case of medical colic, sickness, lameness, injury, metabolic problems, or chronic illness. We are equipped to provide intravenous fluids and most laboratory results are obtained within 24 hours. Emergency care for our regular clients is provided on a 24 hour basis.

Pre-purchase examinations- An extensive physical examination, lameness evaluation, neurologic examination, and drug screen is offered by us prior to purchasing a horse. The information gathered is used by the prospective buyer and/or agent to determine whether the horse will be servicable for it's intended use. The exam often includes laboratory testing, digital radiographs, endoscopy, and ultrasound exams.

Geriatric care- Aged horses can have sub-clinical health care issues that can be identified and treated before they become a problem. If your horse is over 15 years of age we recommend a complete physical examination and blood testing to establish baseline values.

Lameness examination- Evaluate the locomotion of your horse. We use a variety of techniques to identify the source(s) of lameness including physical examination and palpation, flexion tests, and joint and nerve blocks. Digital radiography, ultrasound, and laboratory tests help us to further evaluate the source of your horse's lameness.

Surgery-Standing or recumbant surgery of the horse is performed for castration, biopsy and laceration repair. More complicated procedures may be referred to a specialist.

Dentistry-Dentistry exams are included in all regular physical exams. We recommend a bi-annual dental exam for your horse.  In a horse, improper teeth wear can cause bit problems, behavior problems, lameness, bad breath, thin body weight, pain and disease.  Our goal is to balance your horse's mouth and restore the dentition to it's natural and healthy state.

Specialized Procdures:

Ultrasonography-uses sound waves to evaluate soft tissues like tendons and ligaments, reproductive organs, lumps, and tumors. It is painless and non-invasive.

Digital Radiography-uses x-rays to visualize bone for abnormalities including arthritic changes, fractures, ocd, bone cysts and bone infection. Our unit is capable of providing digital images within 2 seconds. These images are viewed on a 3 megapixael 17" screen and can be enlarged and windows leveled to see subtle  changes often not visible on conventinal radiographs.

Endoscopy-utilizes a fiber optic device for evaluating the upper airway of the horse, including the larynx, sinuses and guttural pouches. The trachea and upper esophagus can also be examined with this flexible device. Useful in prepurchase examinations, pneumonias, or reactive airway disease.

Acupuncture-is an ancient chinese practice that utilizes needles to stimulate nerve pathways to heal many problems. Often, chinese herbs will be prescribed to aid in therapy.

Tui-na-is a technique of chinese orthopedic manipulation and massage of acupuncture points to promote healing.

Tonometry-is a procedure that measures the intraocular pressure of the eyeball and is useful in detecting glaucoma and uveitis.

Class IV Laser Therapy - Laser therapy is used on animals and humans to control pain in muscles, tendons and ligaments.  In addition, it will expedite healing allowing tissue to close faster than under usual treatment modalities.  Laser will improve muscle function. We use a K-laser Cube machine that produces focused waves and the depth of penetration and force can be modified to suit the structure being treated.

Allergy testing/hyposesitization-skin testing is considered the gold standard by most allergists in the United States. Blood test results do not correlate well to skin test results. In our practice skin testing is the method of choice to diagnose and treat skin and respiratory allergies in the horse.