We carry digital ultrasound equipment and digital radiographic equipment to evaluate the lungs and abdomen on the sick horse. We also have access to board certified equine internists through the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine. With the opening of our new facility, our hospital includes two full isolation stalls for infectious cases, with windows into the main barn aisle and dedicated outside entrances.
Examination and treatment for:
Infectious and contagious Disease
Gastrointestinal conditions eg. Colic, Stomach ulcers
Respiratory conditions eg. Strangles, Flu, heaves, pneumonia
Muscle Disorders eg, “Tying-up”, HYPP
Metabolic disorders eg. Cushings Disease
Neurological Disorders eg. wobblers
Cardiovascular Disease eg. Heart murmurs
Many people have heard of PPID or Equine Cushing’s Disease, but it can be a difficult disease to fully understand. By reading this blog post you can better understand what PPID means, how PPID presents clinically, how we can diagnose PPID, and what we can do to manage our PPID patients.
Dr. Alyssa Butters gives an update on the prevalence and implications of Equine Infectious Anemia. (Fall Seminar, part 2 of 4).
Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is an endocrine disease that is thought to affect between 15-30% of aged horses. The most obvious clinical sign in more advanced cases is hypertrichosis (hair growth, abnormally long curly hair, and/or a failure to shed out normally in the summer). Other clinical signs can include increased drinking and urination, chronic infections, muscle wasting, weight loss, regional fat deposits, and an increased propensity to develop laminitis (founder). Because this disease occurs in older horses, it is often missed as the owner assumes that their horse isn't looking and feeling as well merely because they are getting older. The following is a report of one case in a horse used for competitive polo, written by her owner Connie:
Dr. Kirby Penttila reviews Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis (pigeon fever) and other infectious diseases of concern this year.
Dr. Crystal Lee will give an overview of the most common ophthalmic diseases we see in horses, what to expect in an ophthalmic exam, and how to determine if your horse's condition is an emergency.