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Oklahoma Tornado Report UPDATE

Courtesy of the Texas Equine Veterinary Association

Oklahoma Tornado Report


If through your contacts you would like to spread the word, OSU just established a link for those interested in helping with the care of animal tornado victims. Please pass on to any friends you may have that can help.



Todd C. Holbrook, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ACVSMR
Associate Professor of Equine Medicine
Equine Section Chief
Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences


Oklahoma Tornado Report

Courtesy of the Texas Equine Veterinary Association

 Oklahoma Tornado Report

We have had several TEVA members reach out and want to know what they can do to assist in providing aid to the tornado victims in Oklahoma. 

We have received reports from two of our Oklahoma members that at this time, they do not see a need for immediate help. They are still trying to assess the situation and will report back with ways we can help as soon as possible. 

Reports are that a race horse training facility was completely demolished with little left to be rescued. At this time we ask that you pray for Oklahoma and those effected by the tornadoes both in Moore and in Shawnee. 

We have also reached out to the Veterinary Emergency Response Team at Texas A&M University and will keep you updated on any ways that we can assist them. 

Please watch our FACEBOOK page for up-to-the-minute updates.

If you have information on any veterinary needs, please contact Sara Green at 806-673-1987 or office.teva@gmail.com

Acupuncture As a Treatment for Back Pain in Horses

Horses, like humans, can experience back pain. It usually develops over long periods of time until symptoms become obvious. Many times, back problems may become suddenly noticeable after a fall or accident, aggravating the pain. It can cause poor performance, temperament issues, difficulty in collecting, keeping a lead and /or changing gaits. Horses can have primary back pain due to injury or congenital defect to the spine or musculature of the back. Horses also frequently develop secondary back pain subsequent to a primary orthopedic condition that results in lameness. Lameness can cause alteration in carriage of the affected limb, which can injure the paraspinal musculature of the back.

Muscle hypertonicity is the most common palpable abnormality in horses with acute or chronic back pain (Haussler, 2007). It can be represented by localized taunt bands of muscle contracture, known as trigger points, or it can affect a whole muscle belly. Chronic trigger points cause muscle weakness, shortening and stiffness. They can be extremely uncomfortable when palpated, triggering acute myofascial pain. When a larger area is more severely affected with hypertonicity it is called a muscle spasm. A muscle spasm can cause substantial pain and loss of muscle function.

The veterinarian’s knowledge of the muscular anatomy will help identify which muscles are primarily affected. As the definitive diagnosis of back pain remains difficult, treatments are usually supportive. Several methods of treatment can be used for back pain, including medical (NSAIDS, steroids, muscle relaxants), chiropractics, massage therapy and acupuncture. Acupuncture is becoming both more available and more accepted for treatment of back pain in horses, especially with chronic pain.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific locations to produce therapeutic effects. There are different modalities involving acupuncture, such as, eletroacupuncture and aquapuncture. Electroacupuncture involves passing a mild electric current through needles on acupuncture points while aquapuncture is the inclusion of different substances, such as vitamin B12 to be injected specifically at the target site. The result of acupuncture is pain management through endorphin and serotonin release. The benefits of acupuncture are many, as it can either be a corollary treatment to more traditional medications or can be a stand alone therapy that diminishes the need for systemic drug therapy. In show horses, where it is illegal to use drugs around show time, acupuncture can be the only effective way to manage back pain. Pain relief can be immediate although the effectiveness might have variable durations. Generally, it is necessary to perform treatments monthly for the first two or three months and then at 8 to 12 weeks intervals. In more severe cases, it might be necessary to start with weekly treatments.

Marta LaColla, DVM

Dr. LaColla can be reached at Argyle Veterinary Hospital at either WWW.ARGYLEVET.COM or directly at 940.464.3231

Announcement: New Digital Radiography Technology Now Available

Dear AVH Clients:

Argyle Veterinary Hospital is pleased to announce the installation of the industry’s leading digital radiography (DR) technology, the RapidStudy DR system from Eklin Medical Systems. We would like to offer you the availability of this new radiography technology to assist in the diagnoses and treatment of your horses.

Just as digital cameras have revolutionized photography, the Eklin RapidStudy DR system provides us with a radiographic image that can be viewed within seconds on a high- resolution monitor without need for film development. The Eklin DR system also offers sophisticated image processing tools, providing us with much greater depth of information which can be enlarged or manipulated for far better detail. Images can be stored, archived or sent to you for further evaluation using the Eklin PACS (pictures archiving and communication system), which we based on DICOM standards used by hospitals and clinics around the world.

In addition, AVH is equally proud to announce that Dr. Mark Crabill formerly of Lone Star Park will be available for consultation and elective surgery by appointment, effective December 1, 2007. We feel strongly that the addition of this state of the art diagnostic capability, in conjunction with our new equine surgical suite greatly enhances our ability to provide complete medical and surgical care to your horse. Regardless of the service you need, we know how important it is for your horse to regain its health and athletic ability. We are committed to the healthcare of your horse and finding timely medical solutions.

Please call us at 940.464.3231 if you have any further questions or whenever we can be of assistance to you.

Best regards,
John F. Bitter DVM, CEO 

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