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Bella, sedated and with the wound cleaned up.

Bella came to our veterinary practice with a long-standing, non-healing wound of her right throatlatch.   History: The wound had been there over 6 months, and to the owner’s knowledge she didn’t have an accident that caused it. Over that time, she had been to a few different veterinarians and had been on antibiotic courses, wound cleaning and flushing. But the […]

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The Letting Go

Jackson photo from twin Willows

  Jackson was one of my absolute favorites, of all the tens of thousands of horses I have put my hands on, over almost 27 years as an equine vet. He was something special – a distinguished dark bay Quarter Horse gelding with a beautiful and refined face – and gray around his big, soft, brown, kind eyes. When I […]

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The cut section of a hoof, showing the important anatomy. Yellow- navicular bone, Green- navicular bursa, Turquoise- Deep Digital Flexor Tendon. The DDFT runs over bursa and bone and attaches on underside of P3. Image adapted from a photo in Denoix- The Distal Limb.

  Navicular Syndrome (also called Podotrochleosis, Podotrochlitis, Palmar Foot Pain, Caudal Foot Pain,Heel Pain, and Chronic Heel Pain, among many others), typically involves degeneration of the navicular bone and the adjacent anatomy of the back half of the hoof, resulting in chronic lameness that usually involves both forefeet.    Conditions affecting the navicular bone and the surrounding structures are extremely important; […]

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Adult Parascaris equuorum taken from the small intestine of a severely ill 4 year old mare. Seeing these parasites in adult horses is very unusual.

Equine parasites are becoming resistant to our de-worming compounds. This blog post addresses why this is a HUGE CONCERN not only for your horse, but for the entire horse industry.     Recently I had to euthanize a world-class 4-year-old Quarter Horse mare, a real tragedy. She had badly damaged intestines, and after 2 colic operations, we decided to put her […]

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