Zoetis Update On Parasite Protection: Moxidectin Tops Fenbendazole

From Zoetis, maker of Quest dewormer:  Small strongyles are the most prevalent and important internal parasites to adult horses. Unfortunately, effective control presents challenges because of persistent exposure, anthelmintic resistance and encysted stages in the life cycle of small strongyles. A recent Zoetis-funded study compared a single dose of moxidectin (QUEST® Gel) with five consecutive […]

Rescue Horse Success Story!

Thank goodness there are horse “angels” in our midst, like our client Becky Moore.  Becky shares her journey with her rescue horse, Raven, in her own words: “Raven is a 12 year old Tennessee Walker gelding that arrived at our farm on 6/14/14. I picked him up only knowing that he was underweight but looked better […]

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Equine Medication Prices: Why Can’t I Get Something Cheaper?

Probably every horse owner has had the experience of feeling sticker shock when the cost of treating a horse’s malady is revealed by the veterinarian. The cost of pharmaceuticals is high because of development and production expenditures, and horses are really big patients (generally 10 times the size of the average adult human). But often, […]

Subcutaneous Emphysema Caused By A Skull Fracture

Recently my horse Mocha fractured a small bone in the sinus region of her face causing subcutaneous emphysema, which means gas or air is trapped beneath the layer of skin. It is not a hot or hard swelling; it feels like it crackles and is crunchy to the touch, a sensation known as crepitus. I […]

What Is An Equine Internal Medicine Specialist?

An Internal Medicine Specialist is a veterinarian who specializes in conditions that affect the general health and well- being of her/his patients, including conditions affecting the GI tract, respiratory system, blood and lymphatics, liver, muscles, kidneys and bladder, neurologic system, infectious diseases, and care of neonates (newborn foals). Specialty training in Internal Medicine emphasizes critical […]

Equine Lyme Disease

Over one hundred horse owners/ enthusiasts gathered at the Virginia Horse Center on March 19 for dinner and an educational seminar sponsored by Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau and the Virginia Horse Center. We were delighted to see old friends, clients and to get acquainted with new friends from our horse community. […]

Academy Of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians

What is the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians (AEVNT)? The AEVNT is recognized as a veterinary technician specialty by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). In December 2008, the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT) sent out an inquiry to those members interested in organizing an Academy for […]

Farrier – Owner Relationships

When you find a good farrier, do whatever it takes to keep him or her happy. Farriers, sometimes called blacksmiths, have one of the most challenging and difficult jobs in the equine industry. They constantly deal with difficult owners and horses. It is a very competitive business, so they have to work hard to maintain […]

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Purchase Exams

At the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in Nashville, several questions regarding potential conflicts of interest when conducting a purchase exam were posed to the Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee, which I chair. I hope a summary of the discussion will be useful to both buyers and sellers, and shed some insight […]

Equine Enteric Coronavirus – A Newly Emerging Disease Of Horses

Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided current information on Equine Enteric Coronavirus, a newly emerging disease most often found in the Northeast during colder seasons.  Good information to keep in mind as you monitor your horse’s health this winter. As always, please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns about […]

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Choking In Horses

It can be a very scary thing when a horse chokes, but if you know what to do when it happens, it can make the problem resolve faster with fewer complications.  A horse chokes when grain, hay, or other substances get lodged in the esophagus and will not pass. The esophagus is a muscular tube […]