At Misty Hollow Equine Practice, we offer a variety of services to care for your horses. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your horses, please contact us today.
Farm calls are more convenient and cost effective when large numbers of horses are at one location. Many times the horse may not be able to be transported or the owner may not have access to a horse trailer.
In the case of an emergency the horse may need to be stabilized on the farm prior to transport to a facility for a further work up or surgery. Our vet truck is completely stocked in addition to having an ultrasound machine, endoscope, radiographic equipment and dental power floating tools on board. It also has a climate controlled unit so there is no risk of drugs being damaged due to the fluctuations in weather conditions.
Our practice is available to transport your horse safely to and from our clinic 24 hours a day. We also transport to referral hospitals for routine evaluations and emergencies. It is important that the transporter understands the complexity of medical complications especially with a horse being hauled in an emergency situation. We understand this and are ready to respond to the needs of the horse while being transported.
Clients sometimes question why their horses need routine dental care since wild horses survive without it. Horses teeth are adapted for a life of free range grazing so they continually erupt and have abrasive grinding surfaces. Domestication has created horses that now spend little time grazing and chewing on tough grasses. This can produce problems by altering chewing patterns leading to sharp points that can rub and cause ulcers on the cheeks and tongue. Horses are also ridden and usually are asked to carry a bit. It is important that oral comfort is achieved in order for the horse to be responsive to the riders cues. In addition, horses are living much longer than they might have in the wild so it is essential that through routine dentistry we preserve good function for as long as possible.
Laser therapy can be extremely beneficial for horses. Stimulating the muscles can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and increase microcirculation. The results restore the function and healing within the tissues. There are four areas where laser therapy can be very beneficial to horses. There are several reasons you would apply it to these areas. First, laser therapy can accelerate the rehabilitation and healing of any lameness. Second, it can help your horses maintain peak performance within their athletic disciplines. Third, laser therapy will help prevent any occurrence of athletic injuries. Fourth, it is used as a component of stem cell and PRP treatment protocols.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help heal, restore body functions and relieve pain. In horse’s this chinese procedure can be very useful in helping to treat muscle and skeletal injuries. Combining acupuncture with traditional forms of treatment has resulted in dramatic results in horse’s that failed to respond to traditional therapy alone. Other forms of Chinese medicine such as moxa can be combined with this to enhance the results.
In House Lab
We are very proud of our laboratory. We are able to perform many diagnostic tests quickly and efficiently in it. We can do many simple tests but are also able to offer some more complex ones, too! We are able to run a full variety of tests and full blood work for those who are interested in it. There are also many other tests we offer our patients.
We are very proud to be able to offer chiropractic treatments, including spinal manipulation, for our patients so that they can have a happy and healthy life. We use spinal manipulation for many reasons. It allows our patients to move around better. Some owners have commented that their horses are much more playful than they have been in years.
Lameness is evaluated by watching the horse move with or without a rider on various surfaces. Our practice has a large arena available for diagnostics if one is not present where the horse resides.
Some lameness problems are hard to detect on soft ground or without weight on their back. Once the area in question is located, nerve blocks are then used to help narrow down the list of possible causes so that radiographs and/or ultrasound can then be incorporated to finalize the diagnosis. Sometime other modalities such as an MRI or scintigraphy (bone scan) also are needed. If needed, these procedures are done at a referral hospital.
Digital radiography (x-ray) has revolutionized Equine Medicine. Now we are able to quickly and easily diagnose potential causes of lameness and bone abnormalities with less stress your your horse. Digital radiography allows us to view the images immediately and to retake images or to take additional views quickly if needed. Digital radiography also gives us the ability, if needed, to electronically send the x-rays to board certified radiologists for their opinion.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes a flexible tool called an endoscope. The endoscope is a highly specialized tool that allows veterinarians to see inside your horse’s body in a minimally invasive way. Endoscopy allows veterinarians to provide better and earlier diagnosis, making it a valuable tool to modern veterinary medicine.
Ultrasounding is a quick and painless procedure. It uses sound waves to allow us to see inside your horses. We are pleased to be able to offer ultrasounds, along with all of our other diagnostic tools, to help your sick horses start to feel better soon. The quicker we can find the problem, the sooner your horses will be back to their normal selves.
Wellness exams are critical to your horse’s well-being. These wellness exams give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your horse while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies. Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your horse’s health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Your horse will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your horse healthy.
With the advent of cooled and frozen semen, horse owners can now breed their mares to any stallion in the world. This allows owners to have a much larger group of horses to select from. Embryo transfer has also become popular for people who either don’t want their mare to have “down” time while raising a foal or have a mare that can’t carry the foal to term. Dr. Liddell has advanced training in reproduction and can help get your mare bred.
There are certain situations that may require a horse to be hospitalized. We know this can be a stressful time for you and your horse, so we want you to rest assured that your loved one is good hands. The duration of hospitalization can vary depending on the condition of the horse, as well as the nature of their illness. Every patient is given loving attention by our compassionate, knowledgeable staff in the hopes of getting them healthy and back with you as soon as possible.