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CK Equine Veterinary Services CK Equine Veterinary Services is an ambulatory equine veterinary practice providing care to horses in Florida & Massachusetts.

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We are always 💯% committed to helping you and your horse.
01/29/2022

We are always 💯% committed to helping you and your horse.

Following is some important food for thought courtesy of AAEP member Dr. Matt Witzel:

"I’m writing this because it needs to be said for the betterment of the profession that I love, AND the well-being and health of your horses. I apologize for the length of this and feel free to skip to the last 3 paragraphs if you’re in a time crunch.

As horse owners, how hard has it been for you to find a vet that is available all the time for your animals? Did you know right now there is a huge demand for more equine vets? In my graduating class from vet school there’s only about 5 of us (out of close to 100) that are still working on horses. That number is down significantly compared to how many of us were dedicated equine oriented vet students.

The fact is, there is a general exodus of younger veterinarians from equine practice that switch to small animal medicine because it pays better and lacks after hours emergencies. Equine practices as a general population, however, provide emergency services 24/7 for their clients because large animal emergency-specific hospitals are extremely rare. I shouldn’t have to say this but emergencies are never fun. We don’t wake up in the morning hoping for a horse to colic, or some kid’s first horse to break a leg. We don’t enjoy leaving our kids right before tucking them into bed to go see a bad laceration. It’s not fun to rearrange our 8 hour day into a 12 hour day so that we can fit in a choke that’s an hour and a half drive out of our way. It’s all awful. But we do it because it needs to be done.

The difference between the pay in the vet industry is based on the fact that you bring your dog or cat to their vet who will work on them while working on 2 or more others at the same time. Small animal vets are therefore able to see many more patients in a day. Equine vets on the other hand will most of the time be working on a single patient at a time, focusing 90% of their attention (phone calls happen during exams, it’s a thing…) on YOUR HORSE. Sometimes there’s significant travel time between appointments. It’s possible to spend 6 hours of a 12 hour work day in the truck and only see 4-5 cases in that time. Why???? Because we’re dedicated to your horses’ wellbeing and some people don’t have a trailer. Or some people don’t feel comfortable hauling a trailer on icy winter roads in MT. I get that and I don’t blame those people. It’s just something that needs to be accepted so we can move on.

With the growth in horse ownership that we’ve seen recently and the increasing demand for vet work with a simultaneous lack of available young equine vets that are willing to put up with the conditions listed above, I’ve come to the obvious conclusion that something needs to change.

Here’s my request to you:
Please appreciate your local vet. Please be loyal to him or her. Please don’t think of your vet as someone to call only when your horse is about to die because you didn’t want to pay for an emergency fee last night when treatment would have mattered. Please ask to discuss costs up front if that’s an issue for you rather than stating you’d do anything and everything necessary for your horse then turn around and complain about the bill. On that note, please compare medical costs of your animals to medical costs for yourself BEFORE insurance kindly tells you what your copay is. Please let your vet be involved with your horses’ wellness before it becomes a problem. Please consult your vet with horse health questions instead of an internet based forum.

And last but not least… please consider using your local vet for things like dentals, vaccines, and lamenesses rather than someone traveling from out of town. Income from these routine services enable service expansion and improved care. That includes things like mobile digital X-ray, endoscopy, or ultrasound equipment so that we can accurately diagnose and successfully treat your sick animal.

I want you to think long and hard about taking away the enjoyable work and needed income from us and giving that to someone who you don’t have a relationship with, who might be practicing those procedures ILLEGALLY (dentistry for instance can only legally be performed in Montana by a veterinarian or under the direct visual supervision of a licensed veterinarian; “equine dentists” who do not fall under these categories are not properly trained to handle dental diseases and have been known to cause more harm than good), who won’t be available when your horse has a joint injection reaction, who won’t get out of bed to come to your place and help get your hypothermic geriatric horse off the ground before it freezes to death.

All of us as veterinarians put a lot into the relationships that we build with our clients and it’s because of those relationships that we dedicate ourselves to becoming better at what we do and trying harder to keep your horses healthy. So when we find out that you use a traveling vet or a non-veterinarian dentist for your horses dental work because it’s $20 or $30 dollars cheaper, you’ve just put a price on what our commitment is worth to you."

‼️Trivia Tuesday‼️Can you name this diagnostic procedure? What disease process is it used for in assessment and determin...
01/11/2022

‼️Trivia Tuesday‼️Can you name this diagnostic procedure? What disease process is it used for in assessment and determining prognosis? 👩🏼‍🏫📊The lucky winner will receive a CK Equine hat! 🧢🐴 #ckequinevet #equinemedicine #digitalradiography #themoreyouknow

Hats are in! Please let us know if you’d like one to represent CK Equine! Stay tuned for ways to win one as well! #ckequ...
01/06/2022

Hats are in! Please let us know if you’d like one to represent CK Equine! Stay tuned for ways to win one as well! #ckequinevet #equinevet #equinesportsmedicine

Wishing all of our clients and patients a Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🍽🦃
11/25/2021

Wishing all of our clients and patients a Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🍽🦃

💉🍁 Do you know the recommended fall vaccines for your horses here in Florida? Living in Florida and enjoying a much mild...
11/04/2021

💉🍁 Do you know the recommended fall vaccines for your horses here in Florida? Living in Florida and enjoying a much milder winter comes with different vaccination recommendations. Unfortunately it does not get cold enough to get rid of pesky mosquitoes 🦟 that can carry fatal diseases to your horse. If you plan to compete your horse may be at risk for respiratory viruses and require vaccination for influenza and Herpesvirus (EHV). Please contact Dr. Kasa to consult on protecting your horse this fall! 💉🍁🦟

HAS YOUR HORSE RECEIVED HIS FALL SHOTS YET? 🍂🍁

As a horse owner, the good thing about the colder season is knowing you won't have to deal with as many insect-related issues as during the spring and summer months. The cold weather, however, brings different challenges to your horse’s health such as respiratory viruses — which is why fall vaccines/boosters usually include inoculations against influenza and the respiratory form of herpesvirus (rhinopneumonitis).

If your horse has yet to receive their fall vaccinations this year, contact your veterinarian today and work with them to determine the optimal vaccine protocol for your animal. Based on their situation, your horse may need additional specific risk-based vaccinations and your horse doctor will be able to provide accurate information on what products to use and why.

If you are interested in learning more about horse immunization, the AAEP's Vaccination Guidelines are available on our website at https://aaep.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines

Great information!
10/25/2021

Great information!

TO BLANKET OR NOT TO BLANKET?

As temperatures are cooling, many horse owners may be wondering when it's time to start blanketing their horses, or if blanketing should be done at all. The short answer to this age-old debate is, "it depends."

While it is true that horses are naturally designed to keep warm without a blanket, the decision to blanket or not should be based on your horse's unique needs — which are determined by age and overall health, condition, shelter situation, tolerance to cold, and activity schedule (e.g., if you horse has a sleek "show coat,” has trouble keeping weight on or is an older animal, it will probably benefit from having a blanket on its back).

The catch is, once one starts blanketing, blankets must continue throughout the season. And while they are useful, blankets should be applied responsibly:
• During seasonal transitions, like from summer to fall, several blanket changes may be needed on the same day in response to day/night temperature changes.

• Always replace or remove a soaked blanket immediately — wet blankets will keep in the wetness, creating an even colder horse. This could potentially create a skin fungus problem, or even worse could cause hypothermia-induced colic. (The reverse is also true: don't put a blanket on a wet horse.)

• Finally, don’t just blanket a horse and forget about it. There can be changes happening under the blanket, like weight loss/gain, skin fungus or bacterial infections, blanket rubs, etc. Be sure to remove the blanket at least once a week for a good grooming and to check for any problems.

Consult your horse doctor today about what is best for your horse when it comes to blanketing. While there are apps out there that can help you understand what blankets to use and when, nothing can replace your veterinarian's expertise!

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. L...
05/28/2021

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Let’s honor those soldiers and remember their sacrifice.

Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day Weekend. 🇺🇸🐴

⚠️ It’s that time of year again for spring vaccinations, coggins, yearly check up and performance exams!  🐴📍 Dr. Kasa wi...
04/08/2021

⚠️ It’s that time of year again for spring vaccinations, coggins, yearly check up and performance exams! 🐴📍 Dr. Kasa will be in Western MA Thursday April 29th and Eastern MA Friday April 30th. Please contact Dr Kasa to schedule a visit! 👩🏼‍⚕️🩺💉

Recently we have seen a few wounds that have had difficulty healing. In these two cases @anicellbiotech Equus Cell Stem ...
03/23/2021

Recently we have seen a few wounds that have had difficulty healing. In these two cases @anicellbiotech Equus Cell Stem Wrap was used to aid in the healing process. The stem cell wrap is a unique product that consists of stem cells that are harvested and processed into a “biological bandage”. Stem cells can be used in a variety of ways ranging from orthopedic to wound care. The photos speak for themselves in this healing process! 🧪🧬👩🏼‍🔬🐴🩹#ckequinevet #themoreyouknow #stemcells #equinemedicine

03/03/2021

You may have read that Europe is currently dealing with the most serious Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) outbreak in decades. Effective March 1, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has cancelled international events in 10 countries on the European mainland until March 28 due to the rapid evolution of a very aggressive strain of the neurological form of EHV-1, which originated in Spain and has already resulted in related outbreaks in at least three other countries in Europe.

These measures will limit the number of horses traveling internationally and therefore reduce the likelihood of an increasingly wider outbreak. With this being said, this episode serves as a reminder of the importance of practicing proper biosecurity; working with your veterinarian to establish the right vaccination protocol for your horse; and paying closer attention to the needs of susceptible individuals like weaned foals, yearlings, performance and show horses who commingle with unfamiliar equines in close quarters while under stress from travel and competition.

WHAT IS EHV?

You've probably heard it called Rhinopneumonitis, a contagious respiratory tract disease that results in "snotty noses." However, EHV is more than that: depending on the strain, this virus can cause abortion, respiratory disease and a neurologic disease that can be deadly (Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy [EHM]).

Additional resources and information on EHV can be found on our website at: https://aaep.org/horsehealth/faq-equine-herpesvirus-ehv

Read the FEI's announcement here: https://inside.fei.org/content/fei-cancels-european-mainland-events-due-ehv-1-neurological-form-0

Merry horses enjoying Christmas morning! 🎄🎅🏼🎁🐴
12/25/2020

Merry horses enjoying Christmas morning! 🎄🎅🏼🎁🐴

CK Equine wishing your family and horses a very Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏼🐴Photo credit: @michellerichardphotography
12/25/2020

CK Equine wishing your family and horses a very Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏼🐴
Photo credit: @michellerichardphotography

Buster is wishing everyone a Happy Halloween weekend! 🎃👻🐴Photo credit: Michelle Richard Photography
10/30/2020

Buster is wishing everyone a Happy Halloween weekend! 🎃👻🐴

Photo credit: Michelle Richard Photography

Does anyone else in South Florida feel like this?! ☔️💦🐴
10/22/2020

Does anyone else in South Florida feel like this?! ☔️💦🐴

10/17/2020

🚨Friday night brought upon some emergencies, one which included this V-flap laceration. 🚑 It is imperative these lacerations are attended to immediately by your veterinarian. Blood supply is usually compromised, therefore they must be sutured with correct surgical technique. 💉🩹 Hopefully in 10-14 days the skin edges will be well healed for suture removal! #ckequinevet #ckequineveterinaryservices #equineemergency #themoreyouknow

CK Equine Veterinary Services's cover photo
10/16/2020

CK Equine Veterinary Services's cover photo

‼️This week is National Veterinary technician week! ‼️Veterinary technicians play a large role in providing compassionat...
10/16/2020

‼️This week is National Veterinary technician week! ‼️Veterinary technicians play a large role in providing compassionate care for patients and assisting the doctor. 🩺💊💉 Katelyn has been working with Dr. Kasa since March and loves the challenges that her job brings, as well as the great rewards. Katelyn has always had a passion for animals, especially horses, and has aspirations to become an equine veterinarian. 🐴👩🏼‍⚕️ She has been riding for 8 years with experience being on the IEA team and showing competitively. Thank you Katelyn for all you do as a veterinary technician!

Need to look up your horses coggins or health certificate right away?! 🔍🗃We use Global Vet Link as our processing databa...
09/24/2020

Need to look up your horses coggins or health certificate right away?! 🔍🗃We use Global Vet Link as our processing database for coggins and health certificates for traveling out of state. Clients can easily create an account through MyVetLink. There is also an easy to use app you can download to your phone! 📲💻Your horses health documents are just a simple click away! Say goodbye to losing those old yellow paper copies and have digital copies! 🐴📜 #ckequinevet #ckequineveterinaryservices #sporthorsemedicine #equinehealth #globalvetlink #paperless

A corneal ulcer is a very serious eye condition that your veterinarian must treat immediately. 🚨It is a lesion of the ou...
09/17/2020

A corneal ulcer is a very serious eye condition that your veterinarian must treat immediately. 🚨It is a lesion of the outer layer of the cornea which has been lost. 👁 If left untreated they can progress and extend to middle layers and even inner structures of the eye. Corneal ulcers can be caused by abrasions, foreign objects or ingrown eyelashes. As an owner you should contact your veterinarian immediately if you see your horse is squinting, tearing, or has red swollen eyes. 👩🏼‍⚕️This picture is showing a fluorescein dye test which allows for diagnosis of an ulcer. Please contact Dr. Kasa if you think your horse has any eye issues. #ckequinevet #generalmedicine #themoreyouonow #equinemedicine

EPM, or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, is a neurological disease that can be difficult to diagnose due to its abili...
09/04/2020

EPM, or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, is a neurological disease that can be difficult to diagnose due to its ability to mimic a multitude of other diseases. The protozoal parasite that causes EPM is called Sarcocystis neurona. While this disease is not spread from horse to horse, the Protozoa are spread by a definitive host, the opossum. The horse becomes infected after coming in contact with the opossums f***s, whether it’s from grazing or drinking contaminated water. Once infected, the Protozoa attack the horses central nervous system. Important signs to look out for include: incoordination and weakness, abnormal gait or lameness, muscle atrophy (most noticeably in top line and hindquarters), and poor balance. Another notable clue is that the disease tends to affect one side of the horses body over the other. Diagnosis of EPM requires a physical exam and bloodwork, which sometimes includes a cerebrospinal fluid analysis depending on severity of the case. Accurate diagnosis is essential and treatment should begin promptly. Treatment usually takes a month to 90 days and includes anti-protozoal drugs, anti-inflammatories to alleviate symptoms and prevent reactions to other medications, as well as Vitamin E and selenium supplements. Please contact Dr. Kasa for any questions regarding your horses health. #ckequine #ckequinevet #equinemedicine #sporthorsemedicine #themoreyouknow

Tech Tuesday! It’s not always about horses! We love cuddling all your other animals on the farm! 🐴💜🦆
08/25/2020

Tech Tuesday! It’s not always about horses! We love cuddling all your other animals on the farm! 🐴💜🦆

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