Podiatry Services
The foot is the "foundation" of the horse and the veterinarians at Colts Head Veterinary Services consider this an important starting point in any lameness examination. Equine podiatry combines the medical knowledge of a veterinarian with the hands-on skill of a farrier. Dr. Parisio, in particular, has attended a number of advanced courses on the topic of podiatry, has an important network of consulting experts, and employs cutting-edge techniques to treat your horse.
Colts Head Veterinary Services will work closely with your farrier to treat equine foot diseases such as laminitis, thin soles, long toe/low heel syndrome, navicular syndrome/caudal foot pain, hoof puncture wounds, and infections. Assistance in establishing a preventative hoof health program is also available. In order for the podiatry service to be successful, the relationship and effective communication between the farrier and the veterinarian is essential.

Ancillary diagnostics, such as on-site digital radiography and venography, can be used to diagnose pathology or conformational abnormalities, give a prognosis, as well as direct the course of treatment.

Laminitis Therapy
Laminitis is a very difficult disease to treat. However, there are steps that can be taken to make your horse more comfortable using specialized therapies. Our veterinarians use venograms, when indicated, to help determine a prognosis and on-site digital radiography to guide your farrier in trimming the feet most effectively. The veterinarian and farrier work together to apply Redden Ultimates or Steward Clogs – therapeutic shoes that decrease the mechanical stress on damaged hoof structures. Your veterinarian will also work to identify and manage the underlying causes of your horse’s laminitis, such as Cushing’s disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and make nutritional recommendations.