Thermal imaging is a non-contact technique that provides a picture of the surface temperature of a horse's body. The sensors in a specialized camera convert the infrared radiation or heat from the skin's surface into electrical impulses that appear on the image in colors. Our staff at Winner’s Circle Equine Veterinary Service provides full-body thermography for horses.
What Do The Colors Mean on Thermography?
White-colored areas on the image are the hottest temperatures when the major blood flow is present including the face and coronary bands. Then the colors that go from the hottest to the coolest are red, yellow, green, blue and black, which indicates a lack of temperature. A blue streak indicates a lack of temperature and can suggest a pinching or pressure on a nerve root in the neck. Pink or white areas can indicate soft tissue with muscular or tendon damages.
Our equine veterinarian in Ocala produces colored pictures that take only a few minutes in order to create an exact road map if you will of your horse's overall health in his entire body as a veterinary procedure. The entire procedure is done without ever touching your horse, but by only looking through the specialized camera lens. This can be a great way for an inspection of a young horse or possibly a rescue that has trust issues.
As an even greater help, the equine full-body vet thermography is done at the yard, pasture or barn where the horse is kept. This reassures the horse, makes it less nervous and allows them to be relaxed without any stress which some horses encounter during trailering, especially if they are ill.
What Can Thermography Spot Easily?
Equine full body thermography is often used when a horse either has some sort of hoof problems or if he or she appears to be limping or lame. It can also help to discover any back problems a horse may have as well as help in saddle fitment due to some sort of back problem or other area that is on the horse underneath the saddle.
Many horse owners have vet thermal imaging done as a pre-purchase inspection before buying a new horse or when they are selling a horse so that all information about the horse is uncovered before changing hands. Some horse competitions use this method of monitoring horses, such as rodeo, jumping and show horses.
Trust the Professionals for Your Equine Needs
At Winner's Circle Equine Veterinary Service in Ocala, we are highly experienced in this technique to evaluate your horses from nose to tail and to make a diagnosis as well as a treatment plan. This type of testing is the most non-invasive procedure you can possibly have for any problem your horse may be experiencing from an equine veterinarian in Ocala. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (706) 202-5476