Doctors Make House Calls {for your horse of course}

The horse and his boy.

The thing about horses is that no matter how careful you are — no matter the safety precautions you take — they still find ways to hurt themselves. At least that’s been my experience.

Antibiotics for horsesThings will be going along wonderfully until one day you find your old mare standing in the barn, bleeding profusely and in need of suturing. That’s when you suddenly find yourself in a the middle of a Sutures and Saline Kind of Day (**warning** that link is not for the faint of heart!). On the other hand, those emergencies are learning experiences — maybe not so much for the horse, but definitely for the owner and her children. It took awhile, but ‘I’ of the needle became proficient.

Tubing a horse to remove an obstruction.Days go by, and everything’s fine and dandy for awhile. Until the morning you walk into the barn to discover a horse sneezing and coughing, sending streams of snot and slobber four feet through the air. She’s lethargic, she won’t touch food or water, and she looks pretty darned depressed. It’s choke — something lodged in her esophagus. It required the vet to put a tube down her pipe, but she was fixed up in a jiffy.

Bute for horsesAnd would you believe that right now I’m heading out to the barn to mix a powdered antibiotic into the feed of my mare? She also gets a dose of bute. You know that old saying, “if there’s a nail in the pasture your horse will find it” — apparently she did (I wish I could find it!). She punctured her heel and though it’s such a tiny little hole I almost missed it, it’s apparently causing her pain and making her limp. Homemade remedies didn’t help. Time to call the vet for antibiotics.

Long story short, you MUST have a great veterinarian on speed dial. Because even if you don’t have miscellaneous injuries or minor catastrophes, your horse still needs vaccinations every year. And believe it or not, they need dental work, too. Yes, really.

Equine Dentistry

Red Star Veterinary Clinic — Dr. Trish” Pugh-Pennell and “Dr. Michelle” Hall will host FREE horse owner workshops this summer. Are you a local with a horse? You need to attend. And hey, you’ll get dinner out of the deal and you may win a door prize! The events are sponsored by Red Star Veterinary Clinic, Agland Country Store, Purina and Robertson’s Building Center.

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014
    HORSE VACCINES: Are your horses protected?
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
    HORSE TEETH: Come learn about equine veterinary dentistry!

Invite a horse friend! The educational meetings start at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Both events will be held at the Carroll County Senior Citizen’s Friendship Center, 100 Kensington Rd., Carrollton, Ohio (next to the fairgrounds).

RSVP — seating is limited.
Reserve your seat today by calling 330 871 8013, or e-mail vet @ drtrishvet . com
RSVP for vaccine meeting: Friday, June 13. RSVP for dentistry meeting: Friday, July 18.

Happy trails!



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  • comment-avatar
    Sue Dally June 11, 2014 (8:27 am)

    Had a visit from Dr. Trish and Dr. Michelle just yesterday. A well visit-thank goodness! Such knowledgeable and caring people. They even vaccinated the dogs. Some of our favorite people.

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      Jennifer June 11, 2014 (8:09 pm)

      Glad to hear it was a well visit and nothing more! 🙂

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    Nancy June 13, 2014 (9:49 am)

    I wish I had a horse but my husband thinks they’re “hay burners”… He wasn’t raised with them or he’d know better!