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What's New at PVH

 
 

 

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!

Megan CaldwellMichelle GrabillWe 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

Mike PalloneOn 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, CLICK HERE.


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.

Mike Pallone and Paul Dorris Jr.
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.

 

   

 

Specials!

 
 

Small Animal Specials...

November and December — 10% Discount: Heartgard and Iverhart Max heartworm preventative and Nexgard — kills fleas and ticks for 30 days. We also offer PROHEART
6-MONTH HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE SHOT!
Heartgrd

 

Large Animal Specials...

November and December — 10% OFF 5-day Powerpack. Get serious about deworming with Powerpack!

   

 

 

 

New Hope for "Wiley"

 

 

Stem Cell Therapy gives this Aussie a new lease on life!

 

 

Wiley stem cell therapyWiley is an Australian Shepherd that was born in 2007. Shortly after turning a year old he started showing obscure signs of a vascular disorder. Even after seeing multiple specialists, and undergoing exploratory surgeries and skin biopsies, his condition remained undiagnosed. All testing was inconclusive. He was treated for four years intermittently with various steroids, antibiotics and interferon... all unsuccessfully.

In 2011, Dr. Mike Pallone diagnosed him with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He was then treated long-term with doxycycline and showed minor improvement, but he continued to have chronic, debilitating problems. This included undergoing a blood transfusion due to low platelet count, the continual loss of the ability to use his back legs, weeping skin lesions, hair loss and bouts of pancreatitis. He later developed renal failure that was difficult to manage with routine medical therapy.

wiley before and after treatmentIn February 2014, after attending a regenerative medicine seminar, we made the decision to try intravenous stem cell therapy. Wiley’s response to the therapy was almost immediate. He regained the ability to use his back legs and experienced a surge of hair growth. Within 60 days Wiley was no longer reliant on medication. His kidney enzymes had returned to normal and his hematology was normal for the first time in six years.

Wiley received five IV stem cell treatments at 30-day intervals. With his chronic condition we elected to administer follow up treatments every three months. These treatments have given Wiley the ability to function as a normal, healthy dog for the first time since he was a year old. This was an otherwise hopeless case that is now filled with great optimism for his future!

— by Michelle Grabill, Wiley's owner