Our goal is to detect health problems early, when they are most treatable, so that your horse can stay happy and healthy for longer. Regular dental care, a strategic deworming program, and routine wellness evaluations are all key to maintaining optimal health and performance whether you have a competition horse or weekend warrior! From foals to senior horses, we offer individualized, compassionate care for all stages of life.
Dentistry – routine and specialized
Fecal egg counts
Farrier wellness x-rays
Annual blood work
When your horse is sick, you can trust our veterinarians to take excellent care of him on the farm. Some patients may require specialized diagnostics and blood work to better characterize their ailment. Many of these procedures and treatments can be done on the farm, without the need to travel to a hospital. In the event that your horse requires hospitalization, we work closely with several referral hospitals in the area so that your horse can receive the best care possible.
Ophthalmic care and treatment
Emergency and critical care
Infectious disease treatment and prevention
Upper airway endoscopy
Abdominal & thoracic ultrasound
Breeding and foal care
Endocrine disease management
Minor surgical procedures, including cryosurgery
Lameness and Performance Medicine
From the trail horse to the seasoned show hunter, horses are athletes! Whether it’s diagnosing lameness, prescribing therapy, or working with you to plan rehabilitation, we offer many services to help your horse perform at his peak:
Diagnostic nerve blocks
Polyacrylamide Hydrogel joint injections, including Arthramid and Noltrex
Digital radiography (“x-ray”)
Therapeutic joint injections, including neck, back, and SI
PRP and Pro-Stride
Some of the newer joint and soft tissue therapies that are now available to treat your horse include Regenerative Medicine therapies and injection of joints with Polyacrylamide Hydrogels.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Pro-Stride (Autologous Protein Solution) are derived from your horse’s own blood. The blood is processed on the farm, taking only about 20-30 minutes. The resulting fluid is a very concentrated portion of the blood that contains natural anti-inflammatories that can be injected into joints and soft tissues. In addition to reducing inflammation at the site where it is injected, it also helps with joint and tissue repair and healing. We commonly use Pro-Stride in the joints of younger performance horses or in horses with metabolic disease where use of steroids is avoided. PRP is more commonly used to aid in the healing of tendons and ligaments but can be used in joints, as well.
The Polyacrylamide Hydrogels, such as Arthramid and Noltrex, are products that provide lubrication and cushioning to joints that have damage to the cartilage or are further along in the progression of osteoarthritis. They function in a way that is similar to Hyvisc (hyaluronic acid, aka HA) but they do not degrade as quickly over time so the therapeutic effects can last much longer.
With our complete lameness evaluations, the vets at Haymarket Vet Service can help determine which treatment is best for your horse and get you back in the saddle again!
Our pre-purchase exam is a comprehensive look at the current status of all systems of the horse and is geared toward the specific discipline of the horse that you are considering. We recommend this type of exam prior to any purchase or lease. In addition to a thorough physical exam, it also includes ophthalmic, dental, cardiopulmonary, neurologic, and lameness exams, plus comments on conformation and your prospective horse’s ability to perform. Additional diagnostics that can be added to a pre-purchase exam are x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, gastroscopy, drug screen, and/or screening blood tests.
Equine Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Drs. Katy Cilinski and Danielle Grady are both certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT, or “chiropractic”). We frequently use VSMT in the overall maintenance regimen of performance horses as a method of keeping them in the best condition possible and preventing performance-related injuries. Issues that we commonly address include overall stiffness, difficulty bending, not wanting to engage the hind end, and subtle lameness issues. Other times we may use chiropractic are when horses horses are going through growth phases, post-surgery, or when they are stall-bound due injury or illness.
Dr. Cilinski is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. Acupuncture is commonly used for muscle soreness, nerve dysfunction, and anhidrosis. As an adjunct to conventional medicine, acupuncture can also improve quality of life in horses with chronic pain, equine asthma, poor appetite, and other chronic illnesses.