Fall 2013 Newsletter

We hope you have been enjoying the nice weather this fall and have found time for a trail ride or two.

As the competition season is winding down for most of us, we thought it is an appropriate time for a blog post on managing osteoarthritis. If your horse has had its hocks or another joint injected, is stiff sometimes, or is receiving a joint supplement, this post applies to you. Look for part two of this series next month.

If you have travel plans this holiday season, please do not forget to leave your contact info with the caretaker of your horse or authorization to a designated person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you can’t be reached. Emergencies with horses happen and decisions sometimes need to be made quickly. Coming home from vacation to find out your horse died or needed expensive surgery is something no one wants to experience. A referral hospital will need a deposit at the time of referral, so whoever you authorize to make decisions on your behalf will also need payment information. Please spread the word and don’t forget to remind your horse-owning friends.

Most horses who receive the flu/rhino vaccine are due now. Don’t forget to call or email to set up an appointment if you haven’t already.

Colts Head Veterinary Services has had a busy fall. Our recent bandaging clinic was a huge success. Much fun and learning was had by all, and we were lucky to have good weather, great helpers, donated bandage materials, and excellent horse and pony volunteers. A big thanks to Valentino, Berlin, Evie, Moon, Bulter Schein, Chariot Riders, and the Santos family. Pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Dr. Parisio recently attended a national veterinary conference dedicated to equine podiatry. After this conference and an intensive training course in Lexington, Kentucky, with world-renowned veterinarian/farrier Dr. Ric Redden, she is excited to share new ideas on the treatment of laminitis and other foot-related pain. Dr. Parisio will work with you and your farrier to determine the best treatment plan for your horse’s foot pain.

Dr. McAndrews was invited in September to teach veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania about equine dentistry. She also attended a week-long wet lab on advanced equine dentistry last month. She practiced a new, minimally invasive technique for extracting molars that oral extraction failed, saving the horse from having invasive sinus surgery, how to perform a procedure similar to a root canal, and several other innovative techniques. Check out our Facebook page for pictures.