Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Clinic Schedule

Reduced clinic fees still held over from 2009!
As always I’m there to answer your questions, and also offer routine health care services on clinic days. Routine fall health care includes vaccination against Influenza and Rhinopneumonitis plus deworming, an oral exam,  and sheath cleaning for geldings.
Call the office to reserve an appointment.
Name, Phone #,  Date you request, Number of Animals, and the Services needed.
We will return your call three days before your clinic with an estimated time of arrival at your address.  Please be sure horses are caught and haltered 30 minutes beforehand.

Location                                               Date
Rancho Haven/Sierra Ranchos1.............Sun  Sep 11 
Rancho Haven/Sierra Ranchos2............ Fri  Sep 16
Red Rock North/Silver Knolls 1...............Sat Sep 17
Red Rock North/Silver Knolls 2...............Fri Sep 23
SpanSprings/Palomino Valley 1.............Sat Sep 10
SpanSprings/Palomino Valley 2.............Fri Sep 23
Antelope/Golden/Lemmon Valley 1........Sat Sep 24
Antelope/Golden/Lemmon Valley 2........Thur Sep 29  
South & West Reno 1...............................Sun Sep 25
South & West Reno 2.............................. Fri Sep 30

For additional savings, you can schedule your own mini-clinic as long as you have at least 7 horses at a single location.  Call the office to make such arrangements.

Discounted Price List – Clinic day only
Farm Call/Fall Exam               $15.00
West Nile (Prevenile)               $30.00
FluRhino                                    $26.00
Tetanus/ Encephalitis              $15.00
Intranasal Strangles                  $30.00
Ivermectin Deworm                  $14.00
Coggins Test                             $25.00
Sheath Clean w/sedation         $35.00
Fecal parasite exam                 $15.00
Oral Exam (w/o sedation)         No charge!
I believe that education is the key to evolution. I believe that animals are the key to compassion. I believe the learning never stops.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Continuing Education

Sharing New Knowledge

Although this picture looks like my life is one big vacation, the truth is that in addition to lots of hard work, continuing education is a vital part of my commitment to your animal’s care. This spring I attended the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum. I thought you all might be interested in a few highlights of what I learned:

Topic: Neurologic EHV-1 – In a research setting, treatment with the anti-viral drugs Valacyclovir or Gencyclovir decreased the severity and improved recovery from neurologic signs even when the medication was not given until 5 days after the known time of infection with EHV-1.

Topic: Melanomas –A fascinating DNA based vaccine has been available for dogs with malignant melanoma for several years. Application of this vaccine to horses with melanoma has yielded promising results. The vaccine is expensive, and multiple doses are required, but for those of you who have experienced the heartbreak of progressive melanoma in horses, this represents a great breakthrough in treatment/prevention options. A second novel therapy for melanomas combines a hyperthermia unit with chemotherapy. In the pilot clinical study a positive response rate of 81% was reported with this treatment.

Topic:Insulin Resistance - Low carbohydrate diets are the standard recommendation for Metabolic Syndrome horses. Occasionally these horses are in work that requires a higher caloric intake and we have traditionally recommended adding fat as a caloric source. This may not be a good idea. Recent research shows that fat may be detrimental to the metabolism of insulin resistant horses, and that beet pulp and soy hull feeds are a better source for increase calories in these horses’ diets.

Topic – Stem Cells for Laminitis – Regenerative therapy is rapidly expanding field in medicine. Stem cells are now being injected as a regional limb perfusion in horses with laminitis (founder). The work is early, but positive results have been reported in horses that failed to respond to conventional treatments. Next week I will be administering stem cells to a horse with a chronic quarter crack and underlying laminar damage.

I believe that education is the key to evolution. I believe that animals are the key to compassion. I believe the learning never stops.

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