Horses and other equine patients require veterinarians who specialize in treating them so we are pleased to offer this service in Vinita, OK and the surrounding communities.
Here at Marcotte Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians are able to take care of your prized horses and other equines, whether you show them, breed them, or just love them as pets. Our entire staff is dedicated to our equine patients so that they can have the very best life possible.
- Equine Vaccinations
- Annual Coggins Testing
- Equine Dentistry
- Artificial Insemination
- Equine Swim Therapy
- Lameness Services
- Class IV Laser Therapy
- Digital Video Gastroscopy
- Thermal Imaging
- Advanced Digital Ultrasound
Additional services offered:
In-house Lab Services, Digital Radiography - Metron Based Podiatry, Digital Video Endoscopy, Regenerative Therapy - IRAP, PRP, Stem Cell, Shockwave Therapy, Equine Surgery, Cooled & Frozen Semen, Stallion Collection & Shipping, Mare Care & Foaling, Full Service Farm Calls, 24 Hour Emergency Service
Since horses have different vaccination needs, depending on where they live, if they travel, and what they do, we recommend discussing your horse’s vaccination schedule with us. Together we can start a schedule that will work for you and your new horse.
Horses typically don’t get vaccinations until they are several months old, depending on their needs. Some vaccinations are started at four months old and need to be boostered three to four weeks later. Some vaccinations are not given until a horse is five to six months old. Most of these also need to be boostered three to four weeks later.
Annual Coggins Testing
A Coggins test is a simple blood test that is used to help prevent the spread of Equine Infectious Anemia. It is sent to the laboratory for analysis.
Equine Infectious Anemia is a viral disease that can be deadly. Unfortunately there is no vaccine or cure for it. If a patient survives the disease, they will always carry it and may become sick again if they are stressed. Some horses just seem to be carriers, never getting sick themselves.
A routine dental float is recommended annually to promote the overall well-being of your horse. A precision dental float simply smoothes the sharp points on a horses teeth that form from the chewing motion. This also prevents mouth sores. We use pneumatic dental tools that are safe, and effective to correctly float your horse's teeth, and utilize the latest in equine dental techniques to keep your horses teeth healthy.
Marcotte Veterinary Clinic offers complete breeding services for your mare and stallion.
Cooled and Frozen Semen, Stallion Collection and Shipping
We maintain breeding facilities for collecting, shipping, and receiving cooled and frozen semen. Our work is completed in-house in our semen laboratory with a breeding dummy available for collection.
Mare Care and Foaling
We also maintain complete facilities for artificially inseminating mares, and provide complete mare and foal care with closed circuit cameras in foaling stalls to facilitate 24 hour observations. Our mare reproductive services include palpation and ultrasound, pregnancy diagnosis, and breeding soundness exams.
We are proud to offer artificial insemination, which can save you time and money. You won’t have to transport your mare to the stallion. Instead, the sperm can be frozen and mailed to you so that we can place it in your mare’s cervix. We are also proud to do embryo transfers so that your mare can still continue to show and train while producing offspring.
Equine Swim Therapy
Marcotte Veterinary Clinic houses a 60 feet long swim therapy pool designed for equine conditioning and rehabilitation. The pool itself is 8 feet deep with a chlorinated filtration system and pumps, which provide a current for resistance training.
Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise as water provides 10 times the resistance compared to ground work, while being nearly stress free on the joints. Swimming tones and conditions the body, while increasing the cardiopulmonary capacity, and is great for equine athletes as well as companion animals. Swimming is also beneficial to horses with certain types of leg injuries and horses that have undergone surgery and need to strengthen muscles and build muscle tone. Horses with EPM can benefit from swimming as it aids in rebuilding lost muscle and coordination.
We offer swim training during the first session. Some horses just need a little encouragement to get into the water, but most horses enjoy swimming and are naturals. Our staff is specially trained to assist with swimming, and ensure the safety and enjoyment of your horse.
Our pool is a 60 feet long, 8 feet deep track. Your horse will be swam one-way through the pool and allowed to rest on the opposite end after exiting. This allows us to monitor your horse’s heart rate and condition after each lap. Your horse will continue to swim laps one-way through the pool, with the number of laps increasing each session as your horse builds endurance. Horses can also be left extended stays for this therapy through boarding.
Marcotte Veterinary Clinic specializes in Sports medicine with extensive experience in Lameness. We strive to work with you and your horse to come up with the best course of action, whether that is joint injections or a range of other therapies offered at the clinic.
Problems are diagnosed through a lameness exam, which may be followed by digital x-rays or digital ultrasound before treatment. Based upon the lameness evaluation, a plan for treatment will be developed that works best for you and your horse.
Class IV Laser Therapy
Class IV Laser Therapy is designed for pain relief and accelerates the healing process. Laser therapy works by using the body’s own metabolic processes to increase healing, reduce pain and inflammation, increase circulation to the area, and improve mobility. This is most commonly used for wound healing, scar healing, ligament and tendon injuries, and arthritis. The procedure is non-invasive, requires no sedation or restraint, and has no side effects.
Over the last several years, we have seen the introduction of high-powered PEMF systems into race tracks, stables and barns. These beneficial effects are harnessed to treat equine tendon and ligament injury, sore backs, sore stifles, chronic hock soreness, sore shoulders, non-union fractures, laminitis, stone bruises, and non-healing wounds. Treatments typically last 30 minutes, and are not stressful; rather they are calming and relaxing. When placed on a horse, the horse visibly and sensitively reacts to the large magnetic field charge.
Digital Video Gastroscopy
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is a performance limiting problem in all disciplines of the equine industry. Gastroscopy is the only accurate diagnostic technique for gastric ulcers, and is most commonly performed in order to diagnose EGUS. Gastroscopy is simply the visualization of the inside of the horse’s stomach. The procedure involves using an ‘extra long’ 3 meter flexible video endoscope which allows direct examination of the stomach lining. It is carried out under sedation and is well tolerated by most horses. Through the use of video Gastroscopy, we can completely evaluate the health of your horse’s stomach and provide proper treatment protocols without the guess work!
Thermal Imaging is often used in addition to a lameness exam. We have studied and used Thermal Imaging at Marcotte Veterinary Clinic since 2001. This procedure does require a climate controlled environment to decrease artifacts. Thermal Imaging operates off of the basic principal of inflammation having heat pain and increased blood flow. Through proper use of the Thermal Image we are able to accurately localize lameness issues that are often sub-clinical on a standard lameness exam, or multi-focal and confusing. This technology provides a very accurate, efficient, and non-invasive means of lameness diagnostics.
Advanced Digital Ultrasound
Advanced digital ultrasound is a non-invasive, high-resolution diagnostic tool which allows for the evaluation of soft tissue of all types. Diagnostic ultrasound includes a digital image that greatly improves diagnostic capability. Ultrasound can be used in our clinic or at your place of residence.
Ultrasound is useful for evaluation of:
- Reproductive system
- Soft tissue structures of the legs, tendons, and ligament
- Abdomen for colic, intestinal motility, and obstruction
- Urinary system, to identify bladder and kidney stone
- Respiratory system, lungs, and pleural space