Grand Opening Celebration & Dance

Grand Opening Celebration & Dance

We are all settled in to our new equine veterinary hospital and would love for you all to come have a behind the scenes look. We know you are going to love it as much as we do!

The open house will run from 12pm to 3pm, during which time we will be hosting tours, giving out prizes, playing games, and providing demos of a few of our new gadgets as well as some of our old faves. We'll have complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. Kiddos are welcome during the open house and can enjoy some games and face painting!

From 8pm to 12am, we'd love for you to join us for an evening of celebration as we dust off our boots and welcome TC and Company to help us kick up our heels and inaugurate the new hospital! There will be some refreshments available, but BYOB is appreciated to make sure we all have a roaring good time! No minors at the dance please.

Everyone is welcome so feel free to share with your friends! We look forward to seeing you there!

New clinic move

New clinic move

We are moving to our new clinic building just south of Cochrane this weekend, and will start seeing appointments at that location on Monday August 13! We are incredibly excited to finally be in the building and able to offer expanded services, including full surgical services and isolation capabilities. Come check it out! And stay tuned for when the Grand Opening will be...

A Snapshot of Your Horse's Foot

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As we anxiously await the start of another season of competitions, we are likely all wanting to have our equine athletes in top form to ensure that they are able to perform at their very best.  Most of us are aware that we need to address our horse’s teeth, make sure they are getting good feed, get them on a preventative joint medication or supplement, and treat any lameness issues as needed, but how many of us are thinking critically about their feet? 

Ensuring that your equine athlete’s feet are functioning optimally can mean the difference between placing at the next competition or not, but it’s an area of horse health care that is very commonly overlooked.  Improving the trimming and shoeing of a horse’s feet serves to optimize their biomechanics and prevent a number of lameness issues related to the feet.  The best way to evaluate this is to take high quality podiatry x-rays of your horse’s feet.  Podiatry radiographs can provide a wealth of information about what is going on inside the foot - much of which we cannot see with the naked eye – and guide any necessary shoeing changes.  The following image gives an idea of all of the valuable information that can be gained from a podiatry radiograph.

 In the above image, there are a number of markers that identify the important biomechanical parameters that are considered when a radiograph of the foot is evaluated.  The white marker is the center of articulation of the coffin joint inside the foot.  Correlating this key point with landmarks on the outside of the foot is incredibly important for optimal shoe placement.  The red markers illustrate the palmar angle and the tendon surface angle, both of which can be altered if needed with appropriate shoe selection and placement.  A zero degree or negative palmar angle is of significant concern.  The yellow lines measure the horn-lamellar zone and are of importance in cases of laminitis.  The digital breakover and the sole depth are indicated by the green and blue lines, respectively, and the purple line illustrates the digital alignment.

In the above image, there are a number of markers that identify the important biomechanical parameters that are considered when a radiograph of the foot is evaluated.  The white marker is the center of articulation of the coffin joint inside the foot.  Correlating this key point with landmarks on the outside of the foot is incredibly important for optimal shoe placement.  The red markers illustrate the palmar angle and the tendon surface angle, both of which can be altered if needed with appropriate shoe selection and placement.  A zero degree or negative palmar angle is of significant concern.  The yellow lines measure the horn-lamellar zone and are of importance in cases of laminitis.  The digital breakover and the sole depth are indicated by the green and blue lines, respectively, and the purple line illustrates the digital alignment.

Shoeing survey radiographs provide similar value to taking your car to the mechanic for a wheel alignment or checking your tire pressure to prevent a flat tire.  Our thoughts and ideas about how the bone is oriented inside the foot are often quite different from what we see on radiographs.  Knowing what is going on under the surface allows us to detect potential problems early on and make appropriate adjustments to prevent future lameness.  Dr. Kirby Penttila has been using podiatry radiographs to guide shoeing recommendations extensively for several years. 

The age old adage “No foot, no horse” could not be more accurate.  We can make a world of difference in a horse’s life and athletic career by optimizing the biomechanics in the foot.

Placentitis - a reason for monitoring your pregnant mare

Placentitis - a reason for monitoring your pregnant mare

Foaling season is once again approaching and many pregnant mares have been left out on pasture to eat to their heart’s content over the winter. Often pregnant mares have minimal monitoring throughout most of their pregnancy, but there is a strong case to be made for closer monitoring, especially in mid to late gestation due to the risk of placentitis.

Sorting Through Supplements - how to tell if the supplement is worth buying

Sorting Through Supplements - how to tell if the supplement is worth buying

The world of equine feed supplements can be confusing and overwhelming. The shelves of any tack or feed store are lined with as many different supplements as there are breeds of horses and it often seems like the cost for the “same” supplement can vary greatly. So how do you know you are buying the supplement you actually want? And do you really “get what you pay for” in the world of horse supplements?

Baby Announcement!

Baby Announcement!

Dr. Kirby Penttila and her husband, Cody Bellows, are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Burwash Equine team, Hudson Alexander Bellows! Born November 13, 2017. He had his first few visits at the clinic this week to consult on some podiatry cases so they expect him to be fully up to speed in no time! :)