Ultrasound

We are happy to provide up-to-date equipment here at our hospital so we can diagnose and treat your pet as quickly as possible. Because of this, we offer ultrasounds as a way to quickly and efficiently diagnose your pet.

Ultrasounds are quick and painless. They are usually better than radiographs because the machine does not give off any harmful radiation.

Ultrasounds use sound waves to look inside your animal, allowing us to diagnose him or her. The images are better than radiographs and there are several conditions that can only be diagnosed with an ultrasound.

We are happy to be able to offer this service since not many hospitals have the option. Instead, they have to rely on radiographs to help diagnose their patients. Lucky for us, we are proud to be able to offer this service. It just helps us to achieve our goal of helping our patients as quickly as possible.

Artificial Insemination

We also offer artificial insemination here at Swannack Veterinary Services. Artificial insemination (AI) is an advantageous option for many breeders because it eliminates transporting a horse for breeding and also allows a stallion to impregnate a much larger number of mares than would be possible by live cover. Semen collection and insemination techniques have been refined to make AI an excellent reproductive choice.

Equine semen is collected from a stallion and then used fresh, cooled, or frozen. Fresh semen should be deposited into the mare within a very short time after collection. The semen remains viable in the mare’s reproductive tract for no more than about 48 hours, so every effort is made to ensure the mare ovulates within this period. The mare should be checked to see that she has developed a ripening follicle before insemination, and various drugs can be administered to induce ovulation.

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