2013 Newsletter

 Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic 2013 Newsletter

Welcome Dr. Sicilia Grady!

Dr. Sicilia Grady is our intern for 2012-2013; she joined our practice in July 2012 and will be here with us until July 2013. Dr. Grady gradu-ated from Colorado State University in May 2012. Prior to veterinary school Dr. Grady completed a Master’s of Science in Equine Repro-duction at Texas A&M University. After completing her internship, Dr. Grady will be going back to Texas A & M to complete a Ph.D. in advanced reproductive techniques. Dr. Grady’s professional interests include reproduction, neonatal care and field medicine, and her personal interests include snowboarding, water skiing and motorcycling.

Dr. Juan Samper Visits from Canada!

The week of Dec. 10th we were fortunate to have Dr. Juan Samper visit us from Canada. Dr. Samper is a world re-nowned board certified theriogenologist (reproduction specialist) who has lectured or worked in over 25 different countries, has published over 100 papers and is the author of one of the most read textbooks in equine re-production. Dr. Samper in collaboration with Dr. Kloppe, who is also a board certified theriogenologist, was at our clinic freezing semen from four different stallions. Each stallion was collected throughout the week, some-times several times a day. The semen was analyzed and processed with state of the art equipment, and is currently being stored for use or shipping in the future. We look forward to working with Dr. Samper again in the future!

 Some interesting fecal exam facts:

In the past 2.5 years, we have run over 400 fecal tests

Approximately 70% of the horses have been negative

Less than 5% of horses tested are high shedders

Strongyles are the most common parasite, followed by ascarids, then tape-worms, then pinworms.

The average 1000 lb horse:

Has 13.2 gallons of blood

Produces 10 gallons of saliva each day

Has a heart that weighs 9 lbs

Has a small intestine length of 70 feet

Has a large intestine length of 12 feet

Has hooves that grow ap-proximately ¼” per month

Sleeps 2 ½-3 hours a day and can sleep standing up

Lays down 43.5 minutes per day

Has teeth that take up more space in their head than their brain!

Sand Colic

Here in Arizona, one of the most common causes of colic and weight loss is sand accumulation within the intestines. Some of the signs that may be seen with sand colic are lying down and/or frequent rolling, lethargy, decreased or no appetite, pawing and turning to look at the flanks. Horses that have sand colic may also show loose manure or diarrhea due to the abrasive nature of the sand as it passes through the intestines. Horses with large or long standing sand accumulations may also show weight loss and a poor hair coat.

When examining a horse showing any of these signs, the veterinarian will use a stethoscope to auscultate (listen) to the ventral abdomen to hear the characteristic sound of sand in the intestine (it sounds very similar to waves on the shore). Some fresh manure can be dissolved in water; the sand is heavy and will sink to the bottom. Abdominal radiographs can also identify sand although it requires equipment found only at referral hospitals

There are several things that can be done to prevent and minimize sand accumulation. Feed horses in feeders, on rubber mats, or even on old dried manure to stop them from picking up sand as they eat. Feeding grass hay may keep horses busy for longer and stop them from digging in the dirt, the long stem fiber may also help remove sand. Feed psyllium for 1 week of every month; the psyllium will form a gel in the intestine and can help clear sand from the intestine. Horses that have larger sand burdens may need to be on psyllium daily for an extended time. Finally, have your veterinarian check for sand at your next appointment and help evaluate any potential risk factors. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

On November 7 & 8th, 2012, our clinic hosted a two day equine hoof care lecture and lab for Arizona veterinarians and farriers. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association co-sponsored this event. We were fortunate to have Stephen O’ Grady, DVM, MRCVS, APF as the main speaker. Dr. O’Grady owns Northern Virginia Equine. Dr. Steve O’Grady was a professional farrier for ten years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He also operates a consulting service where he travels worldwide to treat complicated podiatry cases. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written seven book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on therapeutic farriery. Dr. O’Grady discussed common horse hoof diseases and treatments as well as demonstrating specialized shoeing for some of these problems. We learned more about how to improve lameness problems with therapeutic farrier work. Diseases and problems reviewed included foundered horses, the wooden shoe, navicular disease and heel sore horses, hoof cracks, and club feet. It was a great experience and a great turn out!

Congratulations to Debbie Voiles McGehee, our office worker and veterinary assistant. She is due with her 1st child in February!


Client Education Seminar

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Free to Public… bring a friend!


Horse Eye Emergencies & Fungal Eye Infections

Dr. Joanna Norman from Eye Care for Animals


Equine Dental Problems… Facts and Fiction

Dr. Traci Hulse


Horse Care for Life™- Managing Your Horse’s Health Care

Dr. Joe Manning, Merck Animal Health


The Top Ten Feeding Tips for Horse Owners

Holly Noeding, Purina Equine Nutrition Specialist


Please RSVP by January 23rd


Refreshments and lunch will be served!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Merck Animal Health



We Now offer CareCredit™!

We are happy to announce that we now offer CareCredit™. CareCredit™ is a healthcare credit card that is an alternative way to help manage those unwanted, unexpected ex-penses that seem to come up from time to time. It can be used for a variety of services including Veterinary, Dentistry, Audiology, Cosmetic, Vision and Chiropractic. Enrollment is easy and for more information please visit www.carecredit.com or call 1-800-365-8295. Enrollment is subject to credit approval. Once qualified/enrolled, you will have immediate access to funds. CareCredit™ allows you to have another option financially should you need services for treatments, wellness exams and/or emergencies. We look forward to continu-ing to strive to offer our clients affordable/convenient methods of being able to take care of our equine companions. Should you have any questions or we can be of further as-sistance please contact our office at 623-386-2928.