Colic is a general term referring to any sort of problem with the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. In the majority of cases, horses with signs of colic will resolve with just medical treatment. However, in some cases, emergency surgery is required to correct the twist or entrapment of the intestines.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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! :)