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 physical exams, vaccinations, deworming, Coggin's testing, and dental care. At the time of service we can discuss any issues you may have with your horse including nutritional 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, 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 13 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 recumbent surgery of the horse is performed for castration, biopsy and laceration repair. More complicated procedures may be referred to a specialist.

Specialized procedures:

Thermography - uses infrared waves to determine inflammation on your horse's body.  Thermography is used to diagnose lameness, back soreness, or assist in determining where your horse is "off".  Additionally, thermography is a great tool to evaluate your saddle fit!

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

Radiography- uses x-rays to visualize bone for abnormalities including arthritic changes, fractures, ocd, bone cysts and bone infection.  Our x-ray system is digital so you can view your x-ray images in the field!  In addition, we will provide you with a jump drive with your x-ray images so that you may archive them for future reference.

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, pneumonia, or reactive airway disease ("Heaves").  The stomach can also be evaluated for gastric ulcers (EGUS) which often causes pain, weight loss, poor performance and general malaise. 

Class IV Laser - laser therapy is a newer treatment modality to advance tissue healing and restoration. Whether your horse has sore muscles, tendons, or a laceration that won't heal, laser therapy would be the correct treatment option. Laser therapy increased cellular energy that in turn accelerates healing and reduces swelling. Treatment packages including your farm or house call fee are available for very reasonable rates. Laser therapy can be used on any animal (small, large, fish, bird). Additional information on how laser works is available at www.K-LaserUSA.com.

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. Dr. Mason is a graduate of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Reddick, FL.

Tonometry- we use an instrument that measures the intraocular pressure of the eyeball and is useful in detecting glaucoma and uveitis.  This is a painless procedure that only takes a few minutes and can be performed stall-side.  Tonometry can potentially save the vision of your horse if the ocular pressure is elevated and is not diagnosed accurately and correctly treated.

Allergy testing/hyposesitization- We use blood testing to identify particular allergens that your horse or pet is reacting to and we use hyposensitization to address the allergic response.  Though skin testing is the most reliable method to diagnose allergies, our practice has found that blood testing has been very helpful in addressing allergies in our area.