Black Pond Veterinary Service -- provides a wide variety of services to animals of all types within our practice area. Below is listed some of the services we offer which are listed by species. If you have questions about a specific service or one you do not see below, please contact us via e-mail or phone.
Black Pond Veterinary Service offers 24 hour emergency coverage to all our clientele.
Because of the clinic location, you now have the choice of a farm call appointment or a clinic appointment for your routine work. We charge a $15 Haul - In Appointment fee to those who choose to drive to us as compared to a regular farm call.
Digital Radiography– uses x-rays to visualize bone for abnormalities including arthritic changes and fractures. Black Pond has three portable x-ray machines capable of imaging heads, stifles, limbs and necks. We offer Digital Radiographyboth at the clinic and in the field. We will be discontinuing the use of standard radiographic film and are going all digital. The benefits to you include viewing radiographs on site (needs to be pre-arranged) and the ability for us to easily email copies or burn them to a disk. The digital radiography offers several enhancements including high resolution and zoom enabling better interpretation of radiographic studies.
Shockwave - extracorporeal shockwave therapy uses sound waves stronger than diagnostic ultrasound machines but weaker than lithotripsy machines to aid in the healing and rehabilitation of tendon, ligament and boney injuries. Additionally, it offers pain relief and may be used as an adjunct to other therapies. Shockwave therapy has been used successfully to treat bowed tendons, suspensory desmitis, sesmoiditis, navicular disease, distal tarsitis, back pain. It is a non-invasive alternative.
Ultrasonography –uses sound waves to evaluate soft tissues like tendons and ligaments, reproductive organs, lumps, tumors. It is painless and non-invasive.
Thermography – infrared camera that visualizes heat patterns. Increased heat in an area indicates increased circulation. The body often increases circulation in order to heal an injury. Thermography is useful to highlight those areas in a non-invasive way, evaluate sore backs, saddle fit, hoof balance, and aides in abscess detection.
Endoscopy – a fiber optic device for evaluating the airway of the horse, including the larynx, sinus passages, guttural pouches and upper esophagus. Useful in pre-purchase exams, pneumonias or reactive airway diseases.
Cryosurgery – device used to freeze tissues using liquid Nitrogen. Offers a way to remove tumors that would be otherwise difficult to excise or where it is contraindicated to excise them like sarcoids
Equine Gastroscope ( 9ft ) - Allows the doctor to see into the horses stomach and accurately diagnose gastric ulcers. Signs of ulcers include frequent colic, poor weight gain, variable appetite, diarrhea. Our gastroscope travels! We can perform gastric ulcer diagnosis at your barn or at our clinic.
EKG/ECG - Echocardiography is used to evaluate the heart's rhythm and electrical output. It is a useful way of looking at cardiac disease and arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation.
Full Service Laboratory Testing - most results within 24 hours
Partnership with SmartPak -please use our code (VETcode NEZS39) when ordering your supplements as it enables us to keep track of what your horse is receiving. You can now order your Preventicare Strongid C/ C2X products through Smartpak and qualify with us on the Preventicare Program as long as you use this code. There is no additional cost to you and your Strongid can come packaged in Smartpak's convenient bubble packs.
Wellness exams – include routine and annual vaccinations for Encephalitis, Tetanus, Rabies, Potomac Horse Fever, Strangles, Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis. Offered are Coggins testing, weight and dental exams, tooth floating, worming program design. Please click here for AAEP's vaccination recommendations for adult horses and foals.
Sickness exams – we offer a complete array of laboratory analysis to help determine your animal's illness. We also are equipped to provide on site intravenous fluid therapy to dehydrated animals. We are well versed with colic. We treat medical colics on site and have the capability to give intravenous fluid therapy. We refer surgical cases to Tufts University, New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center, Myhre Equine Clinic or Fairfield Equine. We have treated Lyme disease, Ehlichia equi, Cushing’s disease. We are well versed with Equine Motor Neuron Disease and Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy.
Purchase/ Pre-purchase examinations – extensive physical exam and lameness evaluation performed prior to purchase of the horse to provide you with the protection of buying into a pre-existing problem. Often includes laboratory analysis, radiographs, endoscopy, thermography and ultrasonography.
Lameness exams – evaluations include flexion tests, nerve and joint blocks, digital radiography, thermography and ultrasonography.
Shockwave - Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is used to treat and rehabilitate tendon, ligament and boney injuries and is non-invasive
Reproductive procedures - breeding soundness exams supported by ultrasonography and rectal examination. We offer artificial insemination using shipped cooled semen and frozen semen. We offer uterine flushing as a routine procedure, uterine biopsy, culture and cytology evaluation. See what we have to offer at our Breeding Station! Breeding Package
Surgery – standing surgery of the horse is performed for castration, biopsy, laceration repair. We also offer on site cryosurgery (deep freezing of tissues using liquid Nitrogen). It is ideal for sarcoid tumor removal.
Acupuncture- We still refer cases to Dr. Liz Czaplicki who is certified in Equine Acupuncture. Acupuncture is useful for a wide variety of back and lameness issues. Please call to discuss your horses issues with us and see if acupuncture may be beneficial. Please call the office if you are in need of her contact information.
Ruminants– Cattle, Sheep & Goats: We see production animals as well as the backyard pet. A sick sheep doesn’t have to mean a dead sheep if you call immediately!
Wellness exams – includes routine hoof care, annual vaccinations for Rabies, Clostridium C & D (over-eating disease), Tetanus. Includes worming and boosters for vitamin E and selenium to prevent white muscle disease, lambing and kidding problems.
Sickness exams – emergency coverage for sick animals as well as for lambing and kidding problems – Dr. Pantano has very small hands – useful for some of those little goat breeds! Treatments in the past have included over-eating disease, polioencephalomalacia, listeriosis, pregnancy toxemia, urolithiasis and bloat.
Surgery – we do routine surgical castrations, tail docking, C-sections, laceration repairs and abscess removal.
Scrapie Program - we can assist you in yearly scrapie exams and health certificates for 4-H and State Fairs.
Herd Health- we offer herd testing for OPP in sheep and CAE in goats. We offer testing for Johne’s in both species. We offer annual Brucellosis and Tuberculosis testing for show and milking animals. We offer herd pregnancy checks for dairy cattle.
We also offer the same list of specialized procedures for equines as listed above including ultrasonography for pregnancy detection and radiology for injured animals.
Camelids – Llamas and Alpacas: We see the pet camelids as well as fiber producing animals and brood stock.
Wellness exams - – includes routine hoof care, annual vaccinations for Rabies, Clostridium C & D (over-eating disease), Tetanus. Includes worming and boosters for vitamin E and selenium to prevent white muscle disease. Includes vaccination for rhinopneumonitis for camelids housed with equines. We evaluate body scores annually as obesity is such a problem in these animals.
Reproductive Services - We offer pregnancy confirmation via transrectal or transabdominal ultrasound, blood progesterone levels. We offer post-birth cria and dam examinations as well as Cria IgG testing.
Sickness exams – emergency coverage includes administration of intravenous fluids, treatment for meningeal worm, treatment for choke, heat stroke, overeating disease, polioencephalomalacia, listeriosis, and "failure to thrive" syndrome.
Surgery – routine surgical castrations, fighting teeth trimming, growth removal., microchip insertion.