2005 Newsletter

Since this is our 1st newsletter, we wanted to make it more personal. So, we decided to write a little about the doctors and staff, as well as current equine and veterinary news.

 You are Invited to our Upcoming Event

Client Education Seminar onJanuary 19, 2005at the Wigwam Resort,7-9pm

Topics include: Infectious Diseases, Herd management, and Vaccine Protocol

Speaker: Dr. Rob Holland from Pfizer

Sponsored by:  Pfizer Animal Health &Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic

 * Check out our Website!   www.durangoequine.com

 We would like to introduce our new intern, Dr.Alana Hendrix, DVM. Dr. Hendrix joined our practice for a year internship onSeptember 1, 2004. Dr Hendrix graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine inSaskatchewan,Canada in the spring of 2004. She recently got married to her husband, Derek, at the end of July 2004. She is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Her veterinary interests include equine reproduction and performance horse medicine. Her personal interests are showing hunters and jumpers, camping, and fishing. She owns a German Shephard named Nash.                                                                                                                                                    

Dr. Traci (Hill) Hulse gave birth to a daughter, Devin Nicole, onAugust 6, 2004. She took maternity leave for 3 months and has returned to work part-time in November. Dr. Hulse has been an associate veterinarian at Durango Equine for 9 years. She & her husband Jack live in Clearwater Farms. Her other “babies” include 4 horses, 1 weanling molly mule, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.  If she gets a chance, she likes to ride endurance or competitive trail rides. Her favorite part of her job is working with foals in the spring.

Jana, Bryan & Dr. Kloppe

Dr. Kloppe and his wife Jana are kept busy as a taxi service for their son Bryan who is 15.  He will get his learner’s permit in 4 months.  He is a freshman at MillenniumHigh School.  I know many of you remember the birth announcement.  Bryanhas been busy with marching band, swim team, FFA, and baseball.  We all just returned from our annual ski trip and had a great time.  Last year Bryanqualified for the national ski racing championships in Park CityUtah.  He finished 17th out of 34 skiers from around the country, which is not bad for someone from the desert.

 Dr. Rob Cooper is married to Jennifer, his wife for 11 years. They have three daughters: Katie (9 yrs), Laura (7 yrs) and just welcomed Alyssa, born in November.  Dr. Cooper has enjoyed traveling this year for business (keeping up with the latest in continuing education) and pleasure with stops inChicago,San Francisco,San Diego, Imperial Dunes,Denver,Louisville, andMexico.  Rob is active in Boy Scouts of America.  He is a fan of all sports, and was able to go to a number of Diamondbacks games, a Suns game, and as many Cardinal games as he wanted (none).  Rob and his family like to fill their spare time with outdoor activities such as four wheeling, hiking, camping and fishing.

Deanna Mead- Office Manager

Deanna was born and raised here in theWestValley. She is married to Richard, and has two children, Richy & Shasta. Deanna started riding and barrel racing at the age of 9. Her hobbies include spending lots of time with her horses, family and friends. Deanna currently owns 6 horses. She has been working at Durango Equine for 3 years.

 Debbie Voiles

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology fromNorthernArizonaUniversity and an Associate’s degree in Equine Science fromScottsdaleCommunity College. She has been working as Dr. Hulse’s Veterinary Assistant for 4 years. Debbie owns two cats (Scarlett & Snickers) and a dog, Belle. She doesn’t own a horse (yet), but has been riding Dressage for the last few years. Debbie says she loves every part of her job as an equine veterinary assistant, but her favorite part of the job is working with the newborn foals in the spring.


Heather has been working as a veterinary assistant at Durango Equine for 3 years. She breeds, raises, and competes Trahkeners. Heather recently moved to Buckeye. She plans to build a boarding and training facility in the future.

Colette is Dr. Cooper’s primary veterinary assistant. She has been working at Durangofor 2 years (5 yrs total with an intermission to Illinois for 4 years). Colette owns 5 horses that serve as pasture ornaments for her pleasure.


West Nile Virus Update – Fall 2004

We are still recommending to our clients to vaccinate their horses with the West Nile Virus vaccine. We are not dispensing the vaccine unless we have a current client-owner relationship and have given the patient at least the initial vaccine.  All horses should have a 2nd vaccination 3-6 weeks after the 1st shot; then, annually in the spring prior to mosquito season. So far, we have had minimal reactions to the vaccination. Foals must be at least 3 months old. Pregnant mares must be at least 45 days in foal.

As most of you are aware from recent news, West Nile Virus (WNV) has been very active inArizonain 2004. In 2004, 113 horses were clinically affected inArizonaand the mortality rate was about 30-40%. In 2004, 392 human cases were reported inArizona. The reason for the decrease in cases in horses and increase in cases in humans last year is attributed to the extensive vaccination program of horses.

 The horses most susceptible are the young and old, especially horses over 25 years old. WNV is a mosquito- borne virus. It is maintained in nature by a bird-mosquito cycle. Thousands of birds nation-wide have died from this disease. Horses and humans can contract the disease from infected mosquitoes only. The disease is not transmissible from horse to human, or vice versa. Moreover, horses are not contagious to each other. Given that mosquitoes are associated with WNV transmission, the key to preventing or controlling outbreaks of WNV is to control mosquito populations and prevent exposure to mosquitoes. This can include dumping stagnate water, using mosquito repellants, and the use of barn fans may help.

 The disease affects the nervous system. The most common signs of WNV infection in horses have been incoordination, depression, weakness of the limbs, muscle tremors or twitching in the muzzle, hypersensitivity to touch & sound, and a horse down and unable to stand. Fever is only detected in 25% of positive cases. Diagnosis is based on clinical signs and a positive blood test. If a horse is positive with clinical signs, they are treated with supportive care and anti-inflammatories. There is now an anti-serum and hyper-immune plasma available for treatment as well.  70% of horses will fully recover; although some may take 1-2 months to completely recover.

Preventive Health Care Means Optimal Performance

Parasites are a major threat to the health, strength and vitality of every horse. Typically, horses are dewormed every few months and owners watch carefully for the outward signs of parasite infestation– a dull hair coat, poor appetite and parasites in the manure. While horse owners diligently pay attention to all these signs, all too often the unseen, internal damage caused by parasites is missed—damage that goes unchecked between doses of purge dewormers. After a traditional purge dewormer is administered, horses can become reinfested with parasites within just two days. Between dewormings, harmful larvae can migrate through the horse’s internal organs—causing damage to vital tissues such as the liver and the lungs. Even a negative fecal egg count can be misleading—it only indicates the absence of egg laying, adult parasites in the intestinal tract. Negative fecal egg counts reveal nothing about ingested parasites, migrating parasites or immature parasites. This means parasites may have months to cause subclinical damage, robbing horses of their good health and performance. They may cost days of lost training time; time trainers can never get back.

Strongid C© and Strongid C© 2X™, made by Pfizer Animal Health, are safe and highly effective ways to protect horses daily from parasites; before they have a chance to do damage. Horses protected from parasitic infection enjoy improved health and condition, which may lead to a reduced incidence of colic and foal pneumonia, and less need for products such as coat conditioners.

Whether your horse is a proven champion or simply the apple of your eye, Strongid C© and Strongid C© 2X™ can help you discover your horse’s full potential. Fed daily, Strongid C© and Strongid C© 2X™ protect horses by killing parasites before they migrate—before they can impair your horse’s health and performance. After all, keeping horses healthy and in great condition is a top priority for every horse owner. That’s why, along with the protection offered by Strongid C© and Strongid C© 2X™, Pfizer Animal Health offers Preventicare™- a unique, veterinary-assisted equine wellness program.

Preventicare™ endorses the value of preventative medicine to help promote good health and avert life threatening or debilitating problems. The program fosters a partnership between the horse owner and their veterinarian—who each year provides the six fundamental services required by Preventicare™. These include an annual physical exam, an annual dental exam and treatment, appropriate immunizations, a twice yearly treatment with either Equell™ or Equimax™, nutritional counseling and daily use of Strongid C© and Strongid C© 2X™.

In order to participate in Preventicare™, owners must enroll and purchase their Strongid C© or Strongid C© 2X™ through their veterinarian. All horses must have their enrollment renewed each year. Preventicare’s Colic Assistance Plan™ is an added benefit to the program. If a horse enrolled in Preventicare™ requires colic surgery, Pfizer Animal Health will reimburse the operating surgeon for surgical costs and three days of aftercare, up to $5,000.

 To learn more about how Preventicare can benefit you and your horse, plan on attending Durango Equine Hospital’s Horse Health Seminar on Wednesday, January 19th, 2005.