Get ready for winter!
A beautiful fall is quickly transitioning into an early winter! Along with the cooler weather, this season also brings hazards for your horses — acorns and persimmons. Every year we treat multiple severe colics due to ingestion of acorns and persimmons. These colics are very hard to treat and are frequently fatal.
This time of year we often talk about “winterizing” your horse. When cold weather hits, horses burn extra calories to maintain body temperature. If your horse is underweight going into the winter months, it is extremely hard to maintain optimal body condition. We recommend a dental exam and a fecal test to check for internal parasites.
We also recommend starting a fat supplement now if your horse is borderline underweight. Geriatric horses are prone to dental problems and usually require extra calories to maintain body condition.
Welcome to our new staff!
We are very pleased to welcome two new members to our staff — Mrs. Megan Caldwell (left photo) and Mrs. Michelle Grabill. Megan recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelors of Animal Science. Michelle is currently in the Arkansas State University Veterinary Technician program. Both Megan and Michelle have quickly become very valuable assets to PVH.
Gastric Ulcer and Scoping Clinic held at PVH in August
On August 12th and 13th PVH held an Equine Gastroscopy Seminar and Clinic. On the 12th, we held an educational seminar provided by Merial Pharmaceuticals explaining equine gastric ulcer syndrome. The next day, we held a scoping lab and scoped 26 of our clients’ horses.
Out of the 26 horses scoped, 23 presented with grade 1-3 ulcers. These horses ranged from actively competitive barrel horses to retired show horses and pasture horses. These results prove that stomach ulcers do not only occur in active show horses.
The only way to definitively diagnose this disorder is by a gastroscopy exam. If you suspect your horse may have ulcers, give us a call.
PVH now offering Stem Cell Therapy
PVH is excited to offer our patients a new era of medical treatment in regenerative medicine. We are now able to harvest, process and administer stem cell therapy to your horse, dog or cat. The stem cells are derived from your animal’s own fat, and processed to release the benefits of the body’s own stem cells. Because the cells come from the animals own tissue the risk for adverse reactions is minimal.
Currently we are using stem cell therapy via IV administration or local administration directly into the site of the problem. Examples would be IV administration for kidney or liver failure, with local administration directly into an arthritic joint or into the stissue around damaged vertebra.
To read about how stem cell therapy helped "Wiley" the Australian Shepherd and to see photos of his remarkable progress,
2014 Equine Health & Hoof Fest
The Equine Health & Hoof Fest was a runaway success! Veterinarians, farriers, researchers and horse owners came together in January at Back Achers Ranch in Conway with one goal in mind — share information to help horses have healthier lives. This was the fourth year for the event, created by Paul Dorris Jr. of the Arkansas Horseshoeing School and Dr. Mike Pallone.Their vision is to make life better for horses by sharing information among different groups of equine practitioners. For more photos from the event, CLICK HERE.
Dr. Mike Pallone (left) and Paul Dorris Jr. stop just long enough to get their photo taken at Equine Health & Hoof Fest, an event they started four years ago.