The Pferdeklinik Leichlingen has 99 modern and spacious stalls at its disposal in a range of stable buildings. Like all the other buildings, these meet the requirements of a modern equine clinic. Because all the buildings are new, no medical compromises were made.
All the stalls are littered down with coarse, absorbent and dust-free wood shavings. Stalls for mares with foals are littered down with straw and, at 18 square metres, are larger than the stalls for other patients. The horses are fed dry or wet hay or haylage, unless the attending veterinarian prescribes another type of feed on medical grounds. Senior patients are fed softened hay cobs. The horses are fed four times a day between 5.30 am and 11 pm. As a concentrate, they receive an oat and molasses-free muesli especially mixed for us by the company St. Hippolyt, which is intended specifically for horses with restricted movement. All patients receive a mash once a day. We are happy to accommodate your specific wishes as regards feed and to incorporate your feed in our feeding schedule.
Intensive care patients
The intensive care stable has 16 stalls and is designed to accommodate patients whose health must be monitored at all times. It is especially designed to meet these requirements. Each stall is suitably equipped for infusion therapy. The clear separation of one box from the next ensures that horses in a poor state of health can recover in a stress-free environment. The whole building is insulated, so that the stall temperature is virtually constant. A constant staff presence means that all intensive care patients are monitored day and night.
For standard patients that do not require constant monitoring (e.g. orthopaedic patients, dental patients, internal medicine patients, etc.) a total of four stable buildings are available (Orthopaedics Stable I, II + III and the ‘Barn’). Horses from open stables or those allergic to dust are accommodated in one of the seven external stalls.
For serious orthopaedic ailments with severe stress disorders of the extremities (equine laminitis, fractures, etc.), two stalls with equine slings/swinglifters are available in the Orthopaedics Stable I.
Patients that may be infected with infectious pathogens are accommodated in one of the six stalls in our isolation unit until they regain their health or tests return negative results. This building is located separately from the other buildings in which the clinic’s everyday business takes place. This affords the greatest possible protection to all other patients in the clinic. Each stall is hermetically separated from the next. Even air contact between the stalls is prevented. A ventilation system especially designed for this purpose enables the active and individual ventilation of each stall, irrespective of external temperatures. Special insect protection devices and the controlled positive or negative pressure in the stalls prevent insects that might act as carriers of infection from entering. The stall windows must therefore always remain closed.
To safeguard against the spread of disease, the clinic staff’s access to the stalls is only permitted through a personnel airlock, in which everyday clothes must be exchanged for protective clothing. You as the owner are not permitted to enter the isolation bay at any time. While we are aware that limiting your visiting right has a personal impact, germs ignore an owner’s emotions and this measure is therefore designed to protect all the patients in the clinic, as well as the horses in your own stalls. Please bear in mind that you might also spread possible pathogens. We therefore ask for your understanding in the interests of all other patients.
The nuclear medicine section has at its disposal eight separated stalls. This stable wing accommodates all patients subject to scintigraphy scans. For reasons of radiation protection, only authorised personnel may access this stable.
For our patients’ safety, the entire clinic facility is monitored by CCTV.