Newsletter 2015

What’s New at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic?

Dr Maggie Loomer is now a permanent associate. We are very excited that she has joined our team

Dr Alana Hendrix and our clinic continue to work with the Maricopa Sheriff Department ‘s Animal Cruelty and Neglect Division helping those horses who have been neglected or mistreated.  If horses are seized by the Sheriff’s Department, they initially are rehabilitated at our clinic.

Dr Lloyd Kloppe is the only Board Certified Reproductive Specialist in Central Arizona. Recently, Dr. Kloppe and his wife, Jana traveled to Australia to watch their son Bryan play baseball and travel the country.

Dr. Traci Hulse continues to specialize in Equine Dentistry as well as general equine medicine. She has participated in two leadership seminars this fall.

We hosted our first evening horse owner education seminar in December on Equine Emergencies.  It was a great success.

Dr. Maggie Loomer will become certified in Equine Chiropractic therapy in March 2015.

Deanna Mead, our office manager is going to be a grandma in June. Her daughter is expecting a baby boy.

This fall was a busy one. Debbie McGehee welcomed her her 2nd daughter, Joy, this October. Bethany Chill , our Veterinary Technician, got married .

We also hired two new staff members, Andrew Winkler and Sabrina Hammond.  Both are  working as Veterinary Assistants.

Equine Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic therapy is a manual therapy which can aid in the treatment of many equine health and performance problems. It focuses on the dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system. Chiropractic treatments are often used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine to both diagnose and treat biomechanical problems related to the spine and limbs. Often times, chiropractic treatments can help eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes. Dr Maggie Loomer will be fully certified in equine chiropractic therapy this spring.

New Medication for Navicular Disease

OsPhos is an injectable bisphosphonate solution labeled for the control of clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome in horses four years and older. OsPhos inhibits bone resorption (disappearance) by inhibiting cells called osteoclasts.  Osteoclasts grab onto calcium crystals which comprise bone and dissolve them.  By stopping osteoclast activity, OsPhos slows bone degradation.

Clinical trials conducted by Dechra in order to comply with FDA testing requirements found that 75% of horses treated with OsPhos showed a significant reduction in lameness by 56-days post injection.

Are there side effects? Minimal. One in 10 horses showed signs of abdominal discomfort (pawing, fidgeting, cramping) about 2 hours post-injection, but got over it after a 15 minute walk.  Some were given a dose of banamine but none had serious or lasting reactions.

How is it given? OsPhos is administered by a veterinarian as three 5 cc intramuscular injections given in three locations on the body all at once.  By comparison, Tildren is given by a veterinarian through an IV catheter slowly over 90 minutes. They can be given every 3 to 6 months depending on the severity of the lameness, but ultimately should only be repeated as needed when signs of lameness recur.  Some horses may only need it once, while others many need it two or three times per year.

How do they compare? In many ways, OsPhos holds its own against Tildren:

  • OsPhos currently costs $375 per treatment while Tildren is $1,200.
  • OsPhos was only recently FDA approved this fall. Tildren was FDA approved 1 year ago in the USA but has been used for years in Europe with great success.
  • OsPhos can be given intramuscularly while Tildren has to be given intravenously.  In addition, Tildren has to be given slowly IV over 90 minutes.
  • OsPhos shows similar results to Tildren in terms of reduction in lameness and in time of onset.  Tildren definitely exerts a long term effect, with many owners reporting that it reaches full performance 3 months following administration and continues to work for years thereafter.  Because OsPhos is so new, we will have to wait and see how it measures up to Tildren over the long haul.

We now carry OsPhos. We do not dispense this medication and we need to have a current diagnosis with your horse before administering it.

Serum Amyloid A-   A  New Stall-Side Test

The “StableLab” test measures horses’ levels of serum amyloid A (SAA), a protein released in response to inflammation or infection. SAA isn’t detectable in healthy horses, but increases 12 to 24 hours after the onset of infection or after severe trauma. The StableLab test can provide results at the horse’s stall in 10 minutes. This test  is designed to alert veterinarians to the presence of viral or bacterial infections. We find that it is an earlier and more sensitive indicator of equine inflammatory and infectious diseases than other lab methods.

Use stall-side, stable-side or in the field-Instant results

  • No post, no lab, no delay
  • Detects infection quicker than other tests
  • No sample processing
  • Rapid diagnostic of inflammation and infection

The Equine Immunization Support Guarantee

We know that you have options when choosing your equine vaccines. So here’s a good reason to choose ours: the Zoetis Equine Immunization Support Guarantee (ISG). In essence, it means that if a horse which has been properly vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian with one of our qualified vaccines contracts the disease for which it was vaccinated against, Zoetis will reimburse your clients up to $5,000 in diagnostic and treatment costs. Currently, this program guarantees the FluVac Innovator vaccine we use in the fall and the West Nile Innovator vaccine.

Veterinary Dentistry

Why use a veterinarian as your horse dentist?   The veterinarians at Durango Equine have been continually educating ourselves in the latest technology, diagnostics and treatments in equine dentistry which goes beyond just “floating the teeth” . Of course, if floating is all you need, we can provide this service for you. We have powerfloats, headstands, specialized hand dremels, headlamps and speculums to perform this service. However, being doctors, we can go the next level if needed. We can perform a physical exam, oral exam, administer antibiotics or pain medication if needed. We can take skull radiographs and perform pain-free extractions with nerve blocks and doctor-only administered pain medications and sedatives. Recently, Drs. Hulse, Loomer and Kloppe completed more advanced dental  education courses to further improve our skills to help your horses.

Succeed Equine Fecal Blood Tests- Easy Test for Ulcers

The Succeed Equine Fecal Blood test is a simple, inexpensive stall-side test that uses antibodies to detect two specific components of equine blood, albumin and hemoglobin, in a fresh fecal sample from a horse. Test results help determine if there is gastrointestinal injury including ulcers and inflammation. Fecal albumin is a good indicator of hindgut lesions or ulcers. Hemoglobin is present only with active vascular bleeding,. A hemoglobin positive indicates a lesion with a severity equivalent to grade 2 or higher ulceration. When results for albumin and hemoglobin are used together, veterinarians have a useful tool to help determine whether the source of injury is in the horse’s foregut, hindgut, or both.

Horse Owner Education Seminar- Saturday January 31, 2015 , 9am-1pm

*Special Feeds for Special Needs

(How to feed a horse with laminitis or founder, insulin resistance,  weight gain, tying up, HYPP, PSSM, etc)

Stephanie McLean, Animal Nutrition Specialist, Purina

*Equine Vaccinations

(Common equine diseases and signs, why we vaccinate, vaccine protocols, which ones work better)

Dr. Alana Hendrix

*Equine Chiropractic Therapy

Dr. Maggie Loomer