Now just have to wait for the final certification to go through the FEI & USEF but thrilled to the be first FEI Veterinary Delegate in Aiken!!
Estrella Equine is an Aiken, SC based equine veterinary practice owned and operated by Sarah Thompson, DVM.
Now just have to wait for the final certification to go through the FEI & USEF but thrilled to the be first FEI Veterinary Delegate in Aiken!!
Check out my new website at Estrellaequinevet.com
Estrella Equine Located in the heart of Aiken, SC horse country, Estrella Equine is a full service solo equine ambulatory practice committed to providing the highest quality of equine veterinary care and excellent service to ensure the health and well being of every animal seen. Dr. Thompson is now....
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Looking for used aeromask for client, preferably to purchase. Please PM me
So many uses/benefits for the use of the RLT laser. Contact me today at 803-295-8509 to discuss
I am excited to begin offering a limited “online pharmacy” through Vetsource. First time buyers get a one time 25% discount on their entire first order with potential distributor discounts on certain products as well. Subsequent monthly specials will be posted & appear like the ads below. Right now I am operating on a “call me” to place an order basis & I will do my best to get you what you’re looking for. I will still be selling products “off the truck” so to speak but would like to be able to offer “maintenance or monthly” medications at a discounted price if possible... Payment will be taken directly through the website & the items ordered will be shipped to you within 5 business days. Please call me at 803-295-8509 or email me at [email protected] to ask me if I’m able to set your animal up on this program. Currently compounded medications are being ordered through Wedgewood pharmacy only. Information needed will be the animals name/age/sex/breed, owner name/address/email/credit card information. We can set you up on monthly/quarterly etc auto ships on your required products. Will be doing some small animal products as well (flea/tick, etc). Let me know how I can help with your orders. Obviously there needs to be an established client/patient relationship to make an order as well.
My heart is hurting today for my friends & colleagues at Southern Equine Service. Mourning the loss of a kind & wonderful veterinarian & person, Rebekah Brady. You are all in my prayers... my condolences to Rebekah’s family & friends & her sweet boyfriend... 💔💔
So pleased with how this mares wound healed.... one of my favorite things in veterinary medicine is to suture lacerations...
“I wish we'd never seen these drugs,” said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage at the conclusion of a recent presentation about bisphosphonates. Four years after the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Tildren and Osphos (both trade names for bisphosphonates) for use in a...
Dr. Thompson is now using acupuncture in her practice! This ancient Eastern medicine is a fabulous alternative modality and Dr Thompson enjoys educating the client as she goes through a thorough exam of each horse.
Event horse 'Deadpool' was licking his lips throughout his treatment, giving the stamp of approval.
Contact Sarah at (803)295-8905 today to make an appointment and start the new year off on the right track with your equine partner!
Happy to have finished up a very successful testing week at the Chi Institute for Veterinary Acupuncture this weekend!! Met some wonderful new friends over the past 6 months & have valuable new knowledge & tools that I am very excited to incorporate into my veterinary practice!!!
There has been a confirmed case of strangles (strep equi) in phase 6 of Three Runs. The horse is in proper quarantine & is being treated. Recommendations at this time are to have your horses vaccinated with the intranasal form of the strep equi vaccine for the most effective immunity. Please call to schedule an appointment to have your horses vaccinated or if you have any questions.
End of year special
Improved blood flow and cellular regeneration
Proven decreased healing time
until Dec 31st 2018
Comprehensive dental including sedation $85
A reminder of the importance of a negative coggins test even if your horses don’t travel
A sick horse from Weld County is the reason hundreds of horses in 19 states need to be tracked down, tested and potentially euthanized or live the rest of their lives in quarantine.
Estrella Equine's cover photo
For those of you who use medroxyprogesterone :)
Beginning June 15, all medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA, or Depo-Provera) disclosure forms must be submitted electronically.
Technician Nick using the RLT laser on our patient for kissing spines & SI. Call to discuss how this Class 4 laser could benefit your horse 803-295-8509
Heard & felt my SI pop yesterday during my jump school. Was in a good deal of pain all day today. Lasered my back 3 hours ago & am down to a 1 on the pain scale where i was a 5 or 6 earlier. Looking forward to a 0 tomorrow!! The RLT laser is the bomb!!
Call me for more info on the RLT laser or to schedule your appointment
Regenerative Equine Laser
So excited about my new ad by Bold Horse Media now being showcased at Ridgecrest Coffee Bar!!
This is "Estrella Equine Vet - Motion Ad February 2018" by Bold Horse Media on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
During this very cold week, make sure your horses have access to fresh water at all times, breaking ice on the buckets several times a day if needed. Provide shelter & blanketing as needed per your situation, happy to answer any questions if you have them. Access to good quality forage 24/7 is important when it’s this cold & I recommend, if feeding grain, to feed it very wet & warm. PM me or call w any questions 8032958509
As 2017 comes to an end, I want to thank my clients for their patronage & their trust in my care of their beloved animals. I love my job & consider it a privilege to care for your horses. Here’s to a healthy & sound 2018 :))) ❤️ 🐴 🐎 🦄 ❤️
All horses competing in USHJA and wanting to accrue points must be microchipped and be registered with USEF. This includes previously microchipped horses.
To register your microchip with USEF, go to USEF.org and log into "My Account". Go to "Horse Options", and then "Update Microchip Inormation".
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Interesting comparison of the RLT laser vs shock wave & therapeutic laser...
So excited that our RLT laser has arrived before Christmas!! Started 3 cases & excited to have this regenerative therapy to see better results!! Call or PM with any questions or to schedule an appointment 803-295-8509
Mellisa Davis Warden
Attention Horse Owners! Available Soon @ Estrella Equine… the Smart RLT, Regenerative Equine Laser!
Serious tendon and ligament injuries to equine athletes present what used to be a chasm in the treatment arsenal for even the best equine veterinarians. Regenerative laser therapy in a portable, easy-to-use system has bridged that gap. And we have the results to prove it.
This is not a low-powered laser. Thousands of horses worldwide have gone back to work and even hundreds into the Winners Circle after RLT. It’s not just therapeutic… its regenerative!
Proven effective on:
Tendons and Ligaments
Bones and Joints
Necks, Backs, and Feet
*The only equine laser with a controlled, double-blinded study!
Core lesions filled in with quality collagen and fiber alignment, scar tissue reduced or removed, tendons and ligaments regenerated, quality repair on a variety of sporthorse injuries.
PM me questions or call to discuss your case. Introductory rates will apply to the first 10 cases. 8032958509
Regenerative Laser Therapy
Don’t forget if you are a USEF horses wishing to accumulate points for divisions will need to be microchipped for the 2018 season!! Grace period of one year & then all horses will be required to have microchipped. Call or PM to set up an appointment 8032958509
Happy Thanksgiving to my clients & friends. Enjoy a safe & happy holiday with your family & friends. Thank you for your patronage & confidence
Great weekend shadowing at my first FEI event! Special thanks to Dr Rich Forfa & Katydid for the fantastic event!! Learned a lot & anxious to get to my next weekend :) Congratulations to all the competitors this weekend!!
Kissing Spine can be devastating, or at least it seemed that way until new treatments have become available.
This 2006 TB gelding was a Grade 1 Stakes winner, Steeplechase winner, hunt horse, and prelim eventer. He began having difficulties bending around the inside leg on the flat, bucking through turns in show jumping, and eventually stopping at fences. After treatment for ulcers (bucking through turns and difficulty bending around leg), a comprehensive lameness exam was done with flexions, lunging, riding, and palpating the back. Nothing obvious came forth. However, when the spine was palpated, he responded with express dissatisfaction. Chiropractic adjustment had minimal success to maintain his comfort, so radiographs were taken and showed sclerosis and impingement. It was decided to treat medically first with Osphos to stop further sclerosis and inject between the effected vertabrae. The owner opted not to try shock wave, which is also a successful treatment option in many cases.
Unfortunately, in this horse's case, the medical treatment was not as successful as hoped, so a consult with UGA was made regarding surgery. To be sure of this more drastic treatment, the surgeon recommended riding the horse, blocking the back, and riding again to see if there was any improvement. 30% improvement is considered success and this horse had close to 100%! Surgery was scheduled and in July he underwent a now fairly common standing procedure that cuts the intraspinous ligament between the vertabrae. A strict 6 week rehab program is then followed to encourage the spreading of the vertabrae, which can continue to improve well beyond the rehab period. UGA has an over 90% success rate with this procedure and have seen vertabrae continue to spread up to a year post op! There is discussion about the way sport horses are ridden- not enough stretching- and shoeing is important with encouraged heel growth- correct angles- and toes pulled back to help break over.
But back to our Kissing Spine horse... 3 months after surgery, he is back competing and has not demonstrated the signs previously witnessed. He continues with a strict stretching regimen, a lot of long and low work, and has gone back to smaller fences as he is gaining strength and his body is changing for the better. It looks as though there will be no limiting factors for this horse in the future!
First step completed for FEI veterinary certification. Next step San Antonio in November for the FEI Vet course then on to shadowing at events with Official FEI veterinarian as the end goal!! Excited!!
Tryon Equine Hospital has confirmed a few cases of Potomac Horse Fever, usually endemic to the northeast. If showing frequently in Tryon, it would be a good idea to incorporate PHF vaccine to your vaccine protocol. This is a disease we saw frequently when I was in NY & the vaccine is very effective at minimizing the ramifications of the disease, which is often fatal in unvaccinated horses
Please note we now have an EEE positive horse in Aiken county... please make sure your horses are up to date on vaccinations.
The State Veterinarian’s office has received laboratory confirmation of 3 additional Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive cases for a total of 8 diagnosed in 2017. The 3 EEE positive equine had not been vaccinated and all were euthanized. In Chesterfield County, an 8 year old Appaloosa gelding. In Horry County, a 1.5 year old Bay female. In Aiken County, a 6 year old Haflinger mare.
Two ponies in Colleton County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). An unvaccinated 22 year old Shetland gelding and a 13 year old Shetland gelding whose owner thought was vaccinated but unknown date. Both were euthanized.
2017 EEE County Summary (total 8):
2017 WNV County Summary (total 3):
Please come take advantage of the opportunity to have a board certified ophthalmologist examine your horses eyes. 180$ for full exam to screen for any issues that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. Exams will be on sept 13th, please pm me or call to book an appointment 803-295-8509
If you would like to help people/horses in Texas affected by Harvey please donate through the AAEP website link below
The AAEP Foundation’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund is accepting aid to help horses in Texas, Louisiana and other states affected by Hurricane Harvey. Fund donations will be distributed among credible programs and organizations that are helping with recovery and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath and towards preparedness efforts for future disasters. Click link below to donate.
Ended up pulling 2 teeth, the 108 & 109, fistula through from the tooth to the sinus. Flushing the sinus daily & the little mare is doing much better :))
Interesting case of purulent foul smelling unilateral nasal discharge in a 15 year old horse. Radiographs revealed fluid lines in the sinus (literally look like lines) & a potential issue in the 109 molar that will be investigated further after a sinus trephination & flushing. This little champ was the best patient ever, literally allowing us to trephine the sinus & flush with just a small local block for entry into the frontal & maxillary sinus'. If we end up pulling the tooth I will follow up w photos from that procedure. All done in the barn with ease...
Interesting case of a 17 year old thoroughbred polo gelding treated initially for a small pinpoint corneal ulcer in the right eye which resolved quickly but maintained persistent corneal edema. Due to the lack of complete resolution despite aggressive topical treatment & NSAID's, Dr Thompson arranged for an onsite consultation with UGA ophthalmology veterinarians who confirmed the diagnosis in the right eye of endotheliitis & associated uveitis.
This is an immune mediated disease where the immune system attacks the normal corneal cells leading to corneal inflammation, discomfort & scarring/fibrosis of the cornea. Treatment goals are to minimize flare ups & prevent further damage of the cornea. In this case, we implanted episcleral/subconjunctival cyclosporine implants into the right eye which will continue to release cyclosporine over time. They may need to be replaced over time as their efficacy wears out. This is a delicate surgery requiring sedation & intricate ophthalmic instruments. Dr Thompson will continue to monitor this case & post updates as the implants do their job.
Great article had to share!!
Contracted Heels in the Horse
Brian S. Burks DVM, DABVP- equine specialty
A hoof is contracted when the overall shape is long and narrow, the heel purchase areas are close together, and the heel bulbs are close together and form a deep pucker. Some horses can have a wide middle to their hoof, yet have the heel purchases close together; that is usually referred to as "heel contraction." The majority of horses with contracted hooves have some contraction in all areas.
It is most common in the front feet, and is most often bilateral, but it can be in only a single foot. Donkeys and mules have a more narrow foot that in a horse would be called contracted. Tennessee Walking Horses and American Saddlebreds may have contracted heels when placed in show plates, as the hoof wall is excessively long and there is no frog pressure.
Contracted heel (or foot) is usually secondary to something outside the hoof. There are a number of causes: heel contraction may occur from an improperly trimmed and shod hoof. These horses may have imbalance (medial-lateral and/or cranio-palmar) long toes, or under-run heels. Lame horses may develop foot contraction; those with fractures, septic conditions, severe tendon problems, or when the foot is placed in a cast for a prolonged period. Dry feet cannot expand normally and may contract, as do feet with a long toe-short heel trim.
Horses with navicular problems do not generally load the heel; they land toe first and travel so that they do not load their heels as a sound horse would. Rather than make a long stride by throwing the foot out in front and landing on the heel, their strides are short and choppy as they try to land on the toe instead. They might have normal conformation, but if they have chronic heel pain, they might develop a contracted heel.
Foot contraction can also be due to the use of a shoe that is too small. The foot is then fit to the shoe instead of the other way around. The foot will eventually grow to small shoe and contract.
A contracted foot often has an increase in concavity of the sole, so that the frog does not reach the ground. The contraction may cause the horse to be “hoof-bound”, where the heels may contract around the navicular bone or coffin bone (distal phalanx), pressing firmly against the bone, causing navicular disease or other bone problems. The contracted heels cause pain and a vicious cycle ensues. In severe cases, the bars may actually contact each other.
In the chronically contracted foot, there may be loss of the circular shape of the foot. The digital cushion atrophies and becomes less resilient, and fails to protect the deep flexor tendon and navicular bone, potentially leading to navicular disease. The atrophied frog may contain thrush, and the wall, sole, and frog may become hard and dry; however, heel contraction can even occur in feet with a full, soft frog. Thus the contraction results from the foot conformation, lameness, or an abnormal environment.
Correction of contracted heels can be prolonged, if it can be at all. Any lameness issue should be diagnosed and corrected. The horse should be put in an appropriate shoe size and the nails should be kept forward of the bend in the quarter. The shoe can be set slightly wide at the heels and quarters and longer at the heels. Again, the last nail should be at the bend in the quarter. Break-over should be reduced. In horses with long toe-short heel, emphasis is placed upon shortening the toe, leaving the heel alone whenever possible. The heel should be supported with a bar shoe and possibly a pour-pad. Bar shoes do not prevent heel expansion, as previously thought.
Trimming the heels to make the foot look more normal is contraindicated as this puts more tension on the deep digital flexor tendon. The frog does not have to contact the ground for heel expansion and blood flow. Over time, the frog may become more normal, with gradual changes to the hoof conformation. If the foot is trimmed properly, the foot will expand during weight bearing, allowing blood into the foot, and the hoof capsule will contract when the foot is removed from weight bearing.
Other methods of increasing heel expansion include thinning the quarters or placing a groove in them, parallel to the coronet. These are used for severe contraction of the heels.
While conformation may be to blame for contracted heels, there are other causes, such as heel pain and casts that hold the hoof capsule rigid. Treating contracted heels early can prevent or shorten lameness caused by the horse compensating for improper hoof wall support.
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