2010 Newsletter

Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic Newsletter 2010

Happy Holidays! We know this last year has been a struggle for many clients as well as the horses.  With record numbers of house foreclosures and a depressing number of euthanasias, we are hoping that the economy will improve this upcoming year for all of us. Despite the economy, we still strive to offer you and your horses excellent service and we appreciate your continued support and trust in us.  To show you our appreciation, we are hosting a Client Education Day on Saturday, January 30, 2010. This event is sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough and Purina. There is no charge for this event… just your attendance is requested. The main topic is Equine Preventative Medicine with subjects including Vaccination Protocols, Parasite Control, and Mare & Foal care.  The speaker will be Dr. Wendy Vaala.  She is a nationally acclaimed speaker and we are excited that she can speak to our clients. This event will be held at our clinic from 9am-1pm with refreshments and drinks being served.

 The hot topic in equine medicine is parasite control. If you have been reading any of the horse magazines this last year, strategic deworming is the current recommendation for parasite control. Recent studies have shown that many equine internal parasites are now becoming resistant to many of our dewormers.  It is now recommended to have Fecal Egg Counts (FEC) performed on your horse’s manure to check for egg shedding. Horses are categorized into high, medium or low shedders. If your horse has a high FEC, a more aggressive deworming program will be recommended by your veterinarian.  If your horse has a low FEC, fewer deworming treatments will be recommended by your veterinarian.  The goal is to reduce unnecessary deworming for those horses who don’t need it and increase deworming for those horses whose manure is contaminating the environment to reduce shedding. We are now offering Fecal Egg Counts at our clinic. We can take a small manure sample (one fecal ball or less) when we come out for routine vet work or you can drop it off anytime at the clinic (no appointment necessary). The cost is $15 per sample or $12 per sample if you have 5 or more horses tested. Tests will be run routinely on Tuesdays or Thursdays, but you can drop a sample off anytime. Just collect a small amount of manure, put in a plastic bag, and keep in refrigerator until you can bring it in.

Another recent change in preventative medicine is our recommendation to vaccinate your horse against rabies.  We implemented this recommendation in 2009 to be in accordance with the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s (AAEP) recommendations. The AAEP now considers the rabies vaccine a “core vaccine” meaning they believe all horses should be vaccinated against it. The current core vaccines include Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, West Nile and Rabies. These vaccines are recommended annually.  Foals need to be at least 3 months old.  Arizona had a record number of cases with 244 animals testing positive for rabies in 2009. There have been 43 humans and 154 domestic animals that have been exposed. The most recent case was a human being attacked by a rabid bobcat near Lake Pleasant in December 2009.  Animals which have tested positive this year in Arizona include 68 bats, 115 skunks, 47 foxes, 6 bobcats, 2 coyotes, 3 horses, 1 ringtail, 1 cow and 1 cat.  Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The disease is always fatal once symptoms appear. The cost for rabies vaccines for horses is $20 each and it is an annual vaccine.

We would like to introduce our new intern, Dr. Misa Dickinson. She joined our practice in June 2009. She replaced Dr. David Robertson who returned to his family and hometown in California. Some of you may recognize Dr. Dickinson. She has actually been a part of our practice “family” for many years. Before vet school, Dr. Dickinson was a volunteer and then an employee at our clinic.  Last spring, she completed her externship at our practice before graduating from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Dickinson is an Arizona native… so she knows what a “dry heat” really is.  Dr. Dickinson is also a horse owner and likes to ride in her free time.

On a personal note, Dr. Hendrix had her daughter, Savannah, last April. Dr. Hendrix is now trying to juggle the challenges of being a working mother. She continues to perform acupuncture diagnostics and therapy as well as enjoying sport horse medicine and regular vet work.  Dr. Hulse is also a working mother with 2 young children, Devin, age 5, and Kyle, age 2.  Dr. Hulse enjoys being with her family and riding her horses in her free time. She continues to enjoy all the challenges of general equine medicine.  Dr. Kloppe enjoys visiting his son, Bryan, who is attending Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College when he gets the chance. He still is an avid baseball fan and has taken up running.  At work, he continues to be the most respected reproductive specialist in the state. During the spring, you are bound to find him in the barn working with a mare or stallion. We have also hired a new veterinary assistant, Jamie Massey. Jamie recently became engaged and also teaches riding lessons when not working at our clinic.                                                                                                                                              

We are proud to now offer appointments at our clinic with ophthalmologist Dr. Norman from Eye Clinic for Animals on Wednesday mornings. This service is offered to our own clients as well as other veterinarian’s clients on the west side.  We continue to offer our own ophthalmology exams, but if your horse needs to see a specialist, you no longer have to haul your horse of the east side of town!

We are currently updating our files and asking for email addresses from all our clients. In the future, we hope to “go green” and send you medical updates and these newsletters by email.  In the meantime, you can continue to check our website for updated information. Our website is www.durangoequine.com.  Hope you have a healthy and prosperous year!