Welcome to Classic Equine!

We are a equine veterinary facility located in Saranac, MI. From our location just outside of Grand Rapids, we serve all of west and central Michigan. We have a wide variety of procedures available, whether your horse is your backyard pet or your partner in the show ring. Call us today and let us help you care for your horse.


 

Advanced Services Offered:

In addition to routine veterinary care to keep your horse healthy, we also offer many advanced services.  Some additional services we offer are:

 

 

All Emergencies

Available 24/7 at 616-292-1168 (cell)

 

 

Digital radiography

Digital radiography provides crisp and precise images of the equine foot, limb, head, and some vertebrae.   Digital radiographs can be viewed at the time of the exam and retaken immediately if needed without additional appointments or expense to the owner.  Because they can be viewed immediately, it makes it much easier to perform many procedures with better quality and precision such as corrective shoeing and some joint injections. 

 

  

Endoscopic exams

Both gastric and tracheal endoscopy available to diagnose gastric ulcers, airway disease, etc.  Images can be viewed at the farm or on Classic Equine’s clinic monitor for a better picture.  Endoscopic exams are recorded and can be transferred to your records for future evaluation or comparison.

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and reproductive ultrasonography

Classic Equine has two separate ultrasound units specific to the area needing to be imaged.  This presents a clearer picture with better diagnostic capabilities for both musculoskeletal injuries and reproductive inquires.  Many lamenesses are not related to bone abnormalities, and xrays do not help in finding the diagnosis.  Muskuloskeletal ultrasound enables us to view tendons, ligaments, fluid swellings, and other soft tissue problems.  Reproductive ultrasound enables us to make decisions with great accuracy as to when to breed your mare, evaluate conception as early as 14-15 days gestation, view twins if present, etc.  All of these make breeding a mare easier, quicker, and safer.

 

 

Shockwave therapy

New evidence shows that shockwave therapy can stimulate healing and decrease pain in orthopedic and soft tissue injuries in horses.  Shockwave therapy is most popular in tendon/ligament injuries and should be considered in addition to stall rest to improve healing times, manage pain, and decrease lameness.  This non-invasive therapy manipulates the body’s own repair mechanisms to stimulate increased rate of healing and decrease the pain associated.

 

 

Mesotherapy for back pain

Mesotherapy is a series of injections directly under the skin that can help manage pain – especially back pain.  Medications injected from small needles will diffuse slowly and penetrate into deeper tissues.  Mesotherapy originated in France and is widely used throughout Europe and other parts of the world. 

 

 

Cryotherapy

In cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off sarcoids and other masses.  This procedure is used most often to debulk sarcoids that are attached to underlying structures or do not allow wide surgical margins.  Studies have shown that cryotherapy can greatly improve sarcoidiosis in the majority of horses when performed by an experienced veterinarian.  Cryotherapy can also be used for removing other malignant and benign masses that are difficult to surgically excise such as squamous cell carcinoma near the eyes.

 

 

 

Dental floats with power equipment

Power floats have the ability to float each tooth evenly – even those “hard to reach” molars in the back of the mouth.  When used by an experienced veterinarian, power floats deliver a superior dental float in a shorter amount of time as opposed to hand floats.  Most horses tolerate the power float better than hand floats because it is more protected than hand floats and does not irritate their gums, tongue, or cheeks.  Our odontoplasties (dental floats) include a visual and digital inspection of every tooth, removing points from premolars and molars, installing a bit seat, and removing wolf teeth as needed.  Proper alignment of all teeth is evaluated and adjusted when possible and needed.  Additional oral/dental services include oral radiographs, oral extractions, and surgical extractions.

 

 

 

Pre-purchase exams (vet checks)

This is a comprehensive examination that evaluates each major body system in the horse before purchase.  Extra emphasis is placed on lameness diagnostics, including radiographs and evaluation under saddle if warranted.  Pre-purchase exams generally take at least 2 hours for a full work-up. 

 

 

 

Short term and long term hospitalization

Classic Equine has additional stalls for horses in need of hospitalization as well as individual paddocks for turnout during the day.  A padded stall is also available for neurologic horses.

 

 

 

Advanced lameness diagnostics

Adjacent to Classic Equine’s clinic is a large indoor arena, great for lameness exams in any weather at all times of the year.  Extensive lameness knowledge coupled with advanced modalities ensures a thorough exam.  Some advanced modalities used are thermography, regional anesthetic, digital radiography, and musculoskeletal ultrasonography.

 

 

 

Corrective shoeing

An important part of lameness is being able to help the problem.  Classic Equine is unique in the fact that corrective shoeing is part of the veterinary treatment.  After being a farrier for over a decade, Dr. Johnson not only has the tools available for corrective and palliative care, but his tremendous knowledge of the equine foot allows for advanced methods of corrective shoeing.  Dr. Johnson continues to attend many podiatry symposiums and stays current on the latest techniques and discoveries in farriery, podiatry, and orthotics.

 

 

 

Intra-articular (joint) injections

Joint injections are used to decrease pain and inflammation (as well as add lubrication) of a specific joint.  Medications and supplements such as corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid are injected directly into the affected joint, and improvement can be seen for months in some cases.  With the help of digital radiography, we are able to inject many of the “harder to access” joints and bursae such as the navicular bursae.

 

 

 

Artificial insemination

Artificial insemination has many benefits over live cover, such as a decrease in breeding accidents (injuries to the mare or stallion), no traveling, and a reduction in sexually transmitted diseases.  Conception rate is comparable to live cover.

 

 

 

Progesterone implants for mares

Used in mares who are difficult to handle when in heat, progesterone implants can suppress unwanted side effects of mares in heat.  Implants slowly release progesterone and last on average about three months.

 

 

 

Microchipping

The AVID microchip can provide a safe, permanent form of identification for your horse.  Insertion of the microchip is similar to a horse receiving routine vaccinations, and once embedded, it cannot be felt by the horse.

 


 

Some surgical procedures

Classic Equine will perform a variety of both standing and fully anesthetized procedures as needed.  A new knockdown stall is available at the Classic Equine Clinic for anesthetized procedures.