So you've decided to breed your mare! This can be a very exciting time, but it can be overwhelming as well. The process is at times frustrating if you encounter fertility issues, and can be expensive even when everything goes perfectly. Once your mare is bred, routine ultrasound exams should be scheduled. Your veterinarian may wish to conduct the following exams...
With the breeding season upon us once again, could it be time to reconsider the status quo with regard to transrectal ultrasound transducers?
With recently confirmed pregnancies in your broodmare herd, we thought we’d bring you some ultrasound images of equine pregnancies at various stages of gestation...
26-day [L6E transducer]
Pregnant or not?
As a veterinarian, you’re trained to understand what you see on an ultrasound machine, but your equine client may be baffled by the images. They may not even know what ultrasound imaging actually is or does, or its value as a diagnostic tool. Here are some tips for explaining ultrasound images to horse owners.
If you’re new to ultrasound, an image may look like nothing more than a swirling array of grey tones on the screen. Interpretation requires an understanding of anatomy and physiology, but also of how ultrasound technology functions.
Consider the sonar produced by a bat in flight. The bat emits high frequency sounds, which then bounce off of objects in its proximity and return to the bat. The animal uses the strength, direction, and timing of the returning sound to determine where those objects are and to avoid a collision.
This was my first time at the American Association of Equine Practitioners or AAEP and I was not sure what to expect other than I knew this would be a great location for the show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in the heart of the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee. We had such a great time and it was such a success we decided to make sure to book our booth for next year's show in Salt Lake City, Utah. If we missed you this year, we would love to see you at the trade show in 2014.
We are headed to to the great state of Tennessee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners for their annual conference and trade show taking place from December 7, 2013 to December 11, 2013 in Nashville. The show is described as: