Articles

Equine Laminitis

Denise A. Gorondy, DVM Last spring I was at a farm for a wellness exam on a recently purchased pony. The pony was lovely, kind, and……….obese. I was having the opportunity to educate the new horse owners including the Mom, Dad, and jubilant little girl regarding basic horse care. We arrived at the topic of… Read more »

The (Hidden) Truths about Non-Veterinarian Administered Vaccines

Dr. Jennifer L. Wright Recently, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) polled horse owners and trainers across the country and found that 50% of horse owners and trainers gave their horses at least some vaccines themselves over the past year, with 23% giving all of them.   Which type of owner is more likely to… Read more »

The Immune System

Denise A. Gorondy, DVM The immune system is the bodies’ defensive system against “foreign invaders”. A properly functioning immune system is designed to detect pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites) and remove them from the body prior to the pathogen causing disease. In some instances, the bodies’ immune system malfunctions and begins to incorrectly identify its’ own… Read more »

What is Veterinary Chiropractic?

Jennifer L. Wright, DVM What is Veterinary Chiropractic? Veterinary chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the restoration and maintenance of a properly functioning neuromuscular system, without the use of drugs or surgery.  This type of care is a manual therapy, meaning that the doctor uses their hands to identify and… Read more »

Toxic Plants

Denise A. Gorondy, DVM With spring due to arrive any day (hopefully after the winter we’ve had!!), the pastures will soon be turning from brown, mud laden muck spots to lush green pastures. Along with the along waited spring grass, many unwanted plants will also begin to emerge. This article will review the most common… Read more »

Equine Skin Tumors

Dr. Denise Gorondy It is not uncommon for a client to ask “What do you think this bump is?”. There are a few common types of skin tumors in horses that each come with specific recommendations for treatment. This article will discuss equine sarcoids, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Equine Sarcoids are the most common… Read more »

ATTENTION: Potomac Horse Fever Update

Jennifer L. Wright, DVM There are currently several confirmed cases of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) in the Central Virginia area. PHF is a disease caused by multiple strains of the organism Neorickettsia risticii.  The organism lives in a developmental stage of a freshwater fluke, a common worm-like parasite.  The fluke infects aquatic snails and aquatic… Read more »

Equine Herpes Virus

By: Denise A. Gorondy, DVM As many of you are aware, there was another outbreak of the neurological form of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) during the 2012-2013 winter show circuit in Florida. This disease has become an emergent disease that puts equines across the country at risk of illness. There are multiple strains of… Read more »