Tick Prevention for Horses

We have been receiving reports of ticks on horses in our area recently and wanted to share how you can prevent ticks from attaching to your horse and kill any that may already be on them. Vectra 3D is a topical flea and tick medication labeled for dog use but is safely used in horses to repel and kill ticks and biting flies.  Attached is a link to an article explaining how to apply the product to your horse.  You have to purchase the 3 pack of the large dog (95+ lb) dose and this will be one application for one horse.  We sell this product, without a prescription, on our online pharmacy, https://mtlaramie.myvetstoreonline.pharmacy

Here is the link on how to apply the product:

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Online Pharmacy

News Flash!! We have 3 new online pharmacies to make shopping for your pet, horse or farm animal fast and easy!! All of the pharmacies are run by our supplier and all of the products are safe and genuine.  We offer prescription as well as over the counter items for a one stop shop.  The 3 pharmacies are MyVetStoreOnline, MyEquineStoreOnline and MyPharmStoreOnline.

We are hoping this will make shopping much easier and more efficient so you don’t have to look through hundreds of products that are not relevant to your needs.  You can click the links through the my pharmacy tab to set up your account or give us a call and we can set up your account for you.  We hope you enjoy our new pharmacies.

 

Equine Influenza

Despite the fact that influenza is a well-known disease (Hippocrates  first described a disease resembling influenza in 412 B.C.), the virus continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality in humans and animals alike.

Equine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects horses, donkeys, mules, and zebras. Clinical signs can include fever, malaise, nasal discharge, and cough. Find out how horses are commonly exposed to influenza and how to protect your horse by reading the following article.

 

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Equipulse PEMF Therapy

Mt. Laramie Veterinary Services has recently invested in a Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) unit known as “Equipulse”.  This tool adds to our diagnostic and healing capabilities.  MLVS makes every effort to be open to new healing techniques and technologies.  After extensive research, we decided to include PEMF in our practice.

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  • As the latest drug free, non-invasive, therapeutic modality on the human and animalequipulsem03market, the EquiPulse accelerates the healing of ligaments, tendons, muscles or bone injury by regenerating damaged and diseased tissue.
  • EquiPulse therapy enhances the synthesis of protein in the cells, allowing the body to take advantage of all the protein available.
  • EquiPulse therapy  improves circulation, not by increasing heartbeat or blood pressure, but by opening and dilating the arteries and capillaries. This also reduces edema (swelling).
  • EquiPulse therapy increases the cellular level of oxygen absorption. Studies have shown that oxygen partial pressure can be increased by 200%. This reduces pain associated with lack of sufficient oxygen. Also, insufficient oxygen in the cells causes lactic acid buildup under strenuous exercise.
  • EquiPulse therapy is  particularly effective in getting to deep muscle soreness because of its deep penetration.
  • The body’s natural magnetic field, created by the flow of electrically charged ions in and out of cells and the transmission of electric impulses through cell membranes. Only a PEMF force and not static magnets can influence electrical changes on a cellular level within the body,  for cell metabolism to be influenced. In addition static magnets only create continuous low levels of magnetic induction.  The EquiPulse device delivers a very short duration, high intensity magnetic  pulse.   This results in a PEMF which penetrates completely through joints and muscles for a complete therapy!
  • The EquiPulse system only needs to be used for 10-20 minutes, per body part, per session.
  • Published, scientific studies abound for pulsed magnetic field therapy. PEMF has been FDA approved and widely used in the treatment of human delayed bone fractures for over a decade, and there is a growing body of literature concerning the biological and clinical effects of this energy.  A recent study using pulsed magnetic fields reminds us that in clinical studies done over 20 years, over  millions of patients have been treated safely with PEMF.

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Many local respected veterinarians have been using PEMF therapy with great success:

“Our practice focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal issues in performance horses.  Therapy with a Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) has revolutionized our ability to successfully return athletic horses to their full potential; in many cases obviating the need for joint injections or surgery.  We have found the EquiPulse especially effective at treating acute or chronic sacroiliac injuries.  We are also using PEMF Therapy for injuries or strains to the tissues around the joints, specifically at the insertion of the tendons, ligaments and joint capsule (entheses).  In some of our clients’ training barns, the EquiPulse has been effective at helping the horses to “warm up” the large muscle groups prior to engaging in any athletic activity.”

-MJ Martinelli DVM, PHD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Crowley Hower has been using the PEMF unit for Mt. Laramie Veterinary Services over the past few months with excellent results.  She has utilized it to decrease healing time of injuries and it has been extremely valuable in diagnosing lameness.

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New Pharmacy Site

MLVS has decided to move to a new online pharmacy system.  With this new pharmacy offering, we have more control over the pricing which should lower costs for our clients.  We also feel the customer service is superior to our previous system.  This system has very close integration with our existing suppliers, which will reduce product discrepancies moving forward.

We feel this change will be positive for us as your veterinarian, and for you as the client.  Let us know if you have any questions about the pharmacy, or need assistance.

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Horse Deworming Schedule

Fecal Egg Counts – perform on all horses prior to deworming in Spring and Fall. The specific medication used will be determined by what type of parasitacide resistance we see on the farm. This will take some time to determine and may change over time, hence the importance of bi-annual FEC.

Adult Horses

Low shedders (<200 EPG –eggs per gram of manure)

  • Spring (March)- Ivermectin or Moxidectin
  • Fall (October)- Ivermectin/Praziquantel or Moxidectin/Praziquantel

Moderates shedders (200-500 EPG)

  • Spring (March)- Ivermectin, Moxidectin, or double dose Fenbendazole for 5 days
  • Late Summer (July)- Pyrantel Pamoate or Fenbendazole
  • Early Winter (November)- Ivermectin/Praziquantel or Moxidectin/Praziquantel

High shedders (>500 EPG)

  • Spring (March)- Ivermectin, Moxidectin, or double dose Fenbendazole for 5 days
  • Summer(June) – Pyrantel Pamoate, Fenbendazole, or Oxibendazole
  • Fall (September) – Ivermectin/Praziquantel, or Moxidectin/Praziquantel
  • Winter (December) – Pyrantel Pamoate, Fenbendazole, or Oxibendazole

Pregnant Mares

  • Deworm according to shedding level
  • At 4-6 weeks prior to foaling give Ivemectin/Praziquantel or Moxidectin/Praziquantel

 

Foals

FEC at 6 months and 1 year of age

  • 2 months- Ivermectin
  • 4 months – Oxibendazole
  • 6 months- Moxidectin/Praziquantel
  • 8 months- Pyrantel Pamoate
  • 10 months- Ivemectin
  • 12 months- Fenbendazole

 

Yearlings/2 year olds

  • Same schedule as High Shedders despite results of FEC.

 

Pasture Management

  • Rotate pastures in use
  • Cross graze pastures with goats
  • Remove manure frequently
  • Harrow/drag pastures in hot/dry weather and keep horses out for 2 months
  • Avoid overstocking pastures
  • Don’t use the same pastures for mares and foals every year (ascarid build up)

AAEP 2015 – Out of Town

Dr. Crowley Hower and her team will be out of town from December 5th through December 10th attending the American Association of Equine Practitioners conference.  We hope to come away from this training with new tools and information to improve our practice for the benefit of our clients.

If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please reference the following contacts:

Small Animal Emergencies
Dr. Frasier – 951-763-2345
Butterfield Animal Hospital – 951-303-8260
California Veterinary Specialists – 951-600-9803

Large Animal Emergencies
Dr. Zadick – 951-763-5167
Temeku Equine – 951-302-6646
Temecula Creek Equine – 951-297-9891

Thank you for your business and understanding!

Emergency Contacts

Dr. Crowley will be out of town from August 29th until September 8th getting MARRIED to a very lucky guy! Please call us if you have immediate needs that we might be able to tackle this week, otherwise you can call the following numbers for emergencies:

Small Animal Emergencies
Dr. Frasier – 951-763-2345
Butterfield Animal Hospital – 951-303-8260
California Veterinary Specialists – 951-600-9803

Large Animal Emergencies
Dr. Zadick – 951-763-5167
Temeku Equine – 951-302-6646
Creekside Veterinary – 760-751-1020

Thank you for your business and understanding!

News and Updates

It has been a busy few months for MLVS!  As always we are looking for ways to improve efficiency and offer more services in the field.  We recently upgraded the vet truck with a larger vet pack to carry more tools and supplies in the field.  This helps us streamline the day and in the end it lets us see more patients.  You might notice a slightly different looking vet truck zipping around town!

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We have had several requests for the ability to tranquilize wild or difficult animals over the past few months.  In order to satisfy those requests MLVS invested in a cartridge fired dart gun.  Let us know if you need an animal tranquilized by calling the office to schedule an appointment!

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New Diagnostic Tools

NEW! We now have in-house blood machines added to our diagnostics arsenal. By investing in these machines, we are able to save our clients money by not having to send our blood samples to an outside lab. We are also able to get test results the same day! This helps us decide on a course of treatment much faster than was previously possible!

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NEW! We now have a stall-side tester for diagnosing infection in horses. By testing for Serum Amyloid A, we can determine whether or not antibiotics should be used on a case-by-case basis. By performing followup tests, we can determine if the antibiotics are working, or if the infection is gone we can stop the antibiotics sooner than would normally be possible. This is new and exciting technology!

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