When emergencies strike, time is of the essence. Our Mobile Emergency Services ensure that immediate, professional veterinary care comes right to your doorstep. With just a call, Dr. Hickman will be on his way to provide urgent medical attention to your equine or bovine animals. YOU CALL, WE ANSWER!
Our equine patients include miniatures, drafts, donkeys, mules, sport horses, show horses and pasture pets. Whether we are seeing your horse in the field (ambulatory) or treating it in the hospital, we maintain our goal of providing excellent care utilizing progressive diagnostics and therapies.
Our services include:
- Alternative / Complimentary Medicine
- Lameness and Pre-Purchase
- Routine Care including Geriatric
- Regenerative Medicine
- Cryo Therapy (Game Ready)
- Cryo Surgery (Liquid Nitrogen)
- Ozone Therapy
- Herbal Medicine
- Kinematic Gait Analysis
- Emergency Care
- Ambulatory Services and Diagnostics
- Consultation and referral services
- Burial services
- Birthing Difficulty
- Down Animal
- Eye Injury
- Severe Illness
The most important part of being prepared for an emergency is having a plan before it happens. Have your Veterinarians number by your phone and have a transportation plan for your horse in place before it is an emergency.
KNOW YOUR HORSE’S VITAL SIGNS
- Pulse:30 – 42 beats per min (bpm) for an adult and 60-100 bpm for a foal.
- Respiratory Rate:12-20 Breaths per minute for an adult and 25-60 BPM for a foal
- Rectal Temperature:5-101.5 degrees F for an adult and 99.5 – 102 degrees F for a foal.
- Capillary Refill Time (CRT):<3 seconds Note the gum color.
EMERGENCY WOUND CARE
Evaluate the wound and call your veterinarian note excessive bleeding or if the wound is near a joint. Are underlying structures visible or is there a puncture present? If the wound is contaminated, consult your veterinarian prior to cleaning.
Apply pressure over the wound with a clean cloth and hold in place with a wrap. Leave in place until the veterinarian arrives. Be aware of your horses Tetanus Vaccine status.
Note: Safety is the primary concern here as even the most polite horse can become dangerous to be around when he is in extreme pain. If your horse is in mild to moderate pain (and it is safe) attain vitals and then call your vet. If in severe pain call your vet immediately! Walk horse in an open area with a soft footing. Remove all feed and watch for manure or passing gas.
Do not move the horse. Look for heat/swelling in the leg. Clean out the foot and look for nails or other foreign bodies (DO NOT REMOVE NAILS UNTIL THE VET ARRIVES!) Contact your veterinarian.
If your horse has a swollen eyelid, excessive tearing, squinting or a cloudy eye, call your veterinarian immediately. Cold compress if swollen, and remove from sunlight.
EQUINE FIRST AID KIT SHOULD INCLUDE:
- Sharp scissors
- Surgical scrub (Povidone Iodine or Chlorohexadine)
- Antiseptic solution
- Latex Gloves
- Flash Light
- Water soluble antibacterial ointment
- Clean towels
- Fence pliers or Nail pullers
- Bandage Materials
- Gauze pads
- Sheet cotton
- Vet wrap
- Cling wrap
- Gauze wrap
- Adhesive tape (Elasticon and Duct tape)
It is very important that if you choose to have the following medications in your emergency kit, that you call your veterinarian PRIOR to administration.
- Phenylbutazone Paste or Powder/Tablets (Bute)
- Flunixin Meglamine (Banamine)
- Ophthalmic Ointment (eye)
After hours and on weekends, our phones are transferred over to a cell phone
so that the Doctor can be contacted immediately.
If you are unsure if you are in an emergency situation, please call.
Equine Lameness Evaluation and Treatment
A good examination is critical to diagnosing soundness issues. Because veterinarians cannot ask their patients where it hurts, they must depend upon visual cues and subtle changes in body position to obtain an accurate picture of many performance limiting lameness’s not readily discerned.
An examination will include but in many cases may not be limited to;
- A physical exam,
- Palpation of the limbs and joints
- Evaluating range of motion
- Watching the horse travel in a straight line and on a lunge line
- Response to flexion of the joints.
Further diagnostics can include nerve blocks, joint blocks, radiographs, and ultrasound.
Initial work-up can often be done in the field as long as a firm, even surface is available. However, it should be noted that the quality and the outcome is more often than not directly related to the ability to completely and accurately evaluate the patient and in many cases this can be a challenge given the variety of housing conditions seen.
Routine Equine Services
- Coggins (Equine Infectious Anemia)
- Health Certificates
- General Health and Routine Exams
- Geriatric Exams
The equine tooth differs from the human tooth in that it continues to erupt throughout the life of the horse. As teeth wear, sharp points form causing pain and discomfort in the mouth.
One of the most erroneous myths about dental problems in horses is outward signs of problems should accompany lesions found in the mouth. Fat otherwise normal looking individuals, with no outward signs or indications of oral problems, possessed some of the worst mouth’s we have seen to date. Young horses have softer teeth that can rapidly develop sharp points and serious malocclusial problems rapidly. Dental examinations should be performed starting at 6 months of age, every 6 months for growing horses, yearly for the mature horse, and every 6 months for the geriatric horse.
- Services Preformed
- Molar Table Alignment
- Wave Complex Reduction
- Rostral and Caudal Hook and Ramp Reduction
- Bit Seat Application
- Dental Charting with intra-oral documentation
- Intra-oral Epoxy and Antimicrobial Administration
- Because of the sensitive nature of the mouth, all dental services are performed under sedation.
PLEASE VIEW ADDITIONAL EQUINE DENTAL INFORMATION UNDER RESOURCES.
Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come with a money-back guarantee. The expense will be small in comparison to the long-term costs of keeping and caring for a horse, especially one with health problems. That’s why when confronted with the question of optimal health, it is important to investigate the horse’s overall condition through a purchase exam. A purchase exam differs from the yearly physical (you should give your horse) in that its function is to establish a working problem list at the start of ownership; this will change with time but can be an invaluable baseline if the need should arise. Whether you want a horse as a family pet, a pleasure mount, a breeding animal, or a high performance athlete, a purchase exam to establish care and maintenance will yield the best results for maintaining optimum health and satisfaction.
Investing in the best horse to fit your budget as well as your needs takes time and research to accomplish. Veterinarian’s many times see this or the lack thereof when the new horse is brought to them shortly after purchase to treat some issue that might have been discovered on a purchase exam. The result is all too often an animal that is not physically capable of servicing the intended function it was originally purchased for. Perhaps this is why business owners have adopted the “pre-hire” physical; much like the “pre” purchase it is a foundation of health status of the individual, since it gives a background as to the abilities of the individual. Just as you would not expect a person with two herniated disc to load boxes for UPS without having some performance limiting issues (regardless of the rest of the interview) an equine athlete with navicular issues will likely have a decreased performance level as a jumper even though he might be perfect in disposition size and style. This may or may not be a reason not to buy the individual depending on your expectations for his or her performance level and the economic investment. However, armed with this information one certainly has more ammunition for which to base a sound decision.
Purchase examinations can vary widely, depending on the intended use of the horse and the veterinarian who is doing the examination. Deciding exactly what should be included in the purchase examination requires good communication between you and your veterinarian. The following guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) will help ensure a custom-tailored exam:
- Choose a veterinarian who is familiar with the breed, sport or use for which the horse is being purchased.
- Explain to your veterinarian your expectations and primary uses for the horse, including short- and long-term goals (e.g., showing, then breeding).
- Ask your veterinarian to outline the procedures that he or she feels should be included in the exam and why.
- Establish the costs for these procedures.
- Be present during the purchase exam. The seller or agent may also be present.
- Discuss with your veterinarian his or her findings in private.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions or request further information about your veterinarian’s findings in private.
- Remember the veterinarian’s job is neither to pass nor fail an animal. Rather, it is to provide you with information regarding any existing medical problems and to discuss those problems with you so that you can make an informed purchase decision. Your veterinarian can advise you about the horse’s current physical condition, but he or she cannot predict the future. The decision to buy is yours alone to make. But your veterinarian can be a valuable partner in the process of providing you with objective, health-related information. Regardless of the entirety of a pre-purchase exam the basis should be covered and include:
- A complete physical examination including temperature, cardiovascular, respiratory and GI auscultation.
- A thorough eye, ear, and teeth evaluation.
- Documentation of any scars, surgical procedures or numbness in limbs or face
- Thorough soundness evaluation.
- The doctor will observe the horse move on a lunge line or in a round pen and after each flexion.
- Hoof test and palpate all the limbs.
Since the veterinarian's job is not to either pass or fail the horse. He or she may recommend further tests, such as X-rays, nerve blocks, urine and blood analysis, endoscopic and ultrasonic examinations, and others. These are optional and may be chosen by the buyer or recommended by the veterinarian based on clinical findings of the exam or intended use (such as breeding). These test help to confirm a diagnosis and provide a clearer picture of the seriousness of a potential problem. It is recommended the buyer spends some time with the horse riding or doing what the intended use of the horse will be to make sure the personalities of the horse and rider will be compatible.
Some Questions the buyer might ask the seller are:
- Has the horse had any medication in the last week?
- Has the horse had a negative coggins test in the last 12 months?
- Has any surgery been performed on the horse?
- Is there any history of respiratory problems, COPD, or bleeding?
- Has the horse ever shown signs of tying up (rhabdomyolosis)?
- Has the horse ever been treated for EPM?
- Does the horse have any problem sweating?
- Does the horse have a history of recurring lameness?
- Has there ever been recurrent colic or surgery for colic?
- Is there any other pertinent medical history?
- Does the horse have any vices or objectionable habits?
- Has the horse ever failed a pre-purchase exam?
- For mares: Is she in foal or has she been exposed to a stallion?
- For mares or stallions: are there any past breeding or foaling problems?
Equine Reproductive Services
- Breeding soundness exam (uterine culture, uterine biopsy, rectal palpation and ultrasound)
- Artificial insemination with both fresh and frozen semen
- Pregnancy Exams
- Embryo transfer services
- Foaling services include:
- Monitoring of the mare as she reaches the end of her pregnancy
- Assisted foaling
- Emergency treatment of dystocia’s, and assistance for retained placentas.
- Post-foaling services include:
- Placental examination (please save in plastic bag after it is passed)
- Neonatal examination 24 hours post foaling (physical exam, CBC, and Foal IgG testing)
- Plasma transfusion in foals that did not receive adequate colostrum (failure of passive transfer of the maternal antibodies from the mare)
Intensive monitoring for sick or premature foals.
- The Role of Kinematics and Kinetics in Sports Medicine
It is clearly apparent within the sports medicine world today the increasing influence technology has on the diagnosis and treatment of injury. The creation of analytical instruments to assist in prevention and detection of injury is rapidly expanding. The use of tools such as force plates and video analysis has enabled physiotherapists and doctors alike to not only detect injury but, decrease rehabilitation times. These instruments are providing critical insight into the complexity of proper body mechanics. Understanding overall performance is leading to never before possible insight into ways to increase the level and longevity of that athlete’s career.
Kinematic analysis is a video analysis technique used to observe abnormal and perhaps detrimental movement patterns, which may be causing increased tissue stress leading to injury. Secondly kinetic analysis is utilized to get a better understanding of the forces causing these movements and then develop techniques in which these forces can be manipulated. Decreasing these forces or altering their magnitude is key in preventing or decreasing the severity of injury risk.
Kinematics and kinetics are two terms widely used in sports biomechanics. Kinematics is an area of biomechanics dealing with measurement and description of the body’s motion. Kinetics on the other hand can be described as the area that “examines the forces acting on a system” (Hamill and Knutzen 2003) and utilizes equipment such as force plates and dynamometers in order to get a better understanding for the stresses and strains which the body is placed under both in everyday life. These two specific areas of Biomechanics are quickly enhancing the ability to prevent injury and aid rehabilitation in sports medicine (Elliott 1999). In people, sports injuries can account for up to 22% of attendance in accident and emergency (Burt and Overpeck 2001). When Dr. Rick Arthur addressed the Horse Welfare Summit in Kentucky 2006 he stated an estimated 1.5 billion dollars a year is lost due to musculoskeletal injuries alone.
An understanding of biomechanical principles of the body is essential for efficient and accurate treatment of injuries, however, without meaningful objective data our efforts remain a “trial and error” approach. If we wish to impact the economic impact significantly it is evident the effort will need and arguably should be focused on instrumentation to eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of guesswork.
Accurate kinematic analysis of movement is a significant factor for the improvement of movement, performance and for the reduction of injuries. The use of Ballistic High-speed camera’s and video analysis software allows us to determine flaws in gait analysis in the field an not just in the lab and to correct them in “real time” for maximum overall performance.
“Real Time” Kinematic analysis allows us to:
- Improve performance
- Optimize training
- Meld the team into more oneness or unity
- Avert injuries
- Structure rehabilitation programs
- Quantify types of movement to be described by analysis
Dartfish is the world’s leading organization for creating and distributing cutting-edge online and offline video solutions, empowering its users to create, enrich, and publish video content. Trusted by thousands of organizations, Dartfish makes the power of video accessible to millions, setting the video standard in multiple industries including sport, education, and healthcare. Its video platform (www.dartfish.tv) is today's choice for elite organizations, federations, and corporations across the globe.
With the Dartfish analytical software not only are we able to analyze the human athlete’s performance but the animal’s performance as well. The software includes built-in standard protocols for the analysis of sporting activities such as: cycling, running, golf, tennis, skiing, baseball, basketball, etc. (for humans) and, agility, jumping, cutting, reining, racing, dressage, etc. (for animals).
Dartfish software features:
- Automatic kinematic tracking.
- Database for management of athlete’s trials and sessions and printable report generation.
- Automatic analysis of the parameters that describe the motion cycle.
- Calculation of joint angles as flex-extension, abd-adduction, intra-extra rotation and relative normalization.
- Platform data plotting (reaction vector, COP, torque).
- Computation of joint moment and power and relative normalization.
- Synchronized integration of video information
- Data export in excel format and text format (ASCII).
- Indispensable information for optimizing treatment time based on the progress or regression of the subject under examination.
- Unique Blending and overlay of past and professional performances
- StromotionTm analysis and SimulcamTm
Contact us today to schedule yourself or your pet/mount for a kinematic analysis.
Also see regenerative medicine under bovine for other products used in all speciesIRAP™
IRAP therapy utilizes your patient’s own blood and natural healing mechanisms.
How does it work? The IRAP syringe contains specially treated glass beads that stimulate the white blood cells to produce the anti-inflammatory and regenerative cytokines. The whole blood is incubated overnight and then centrifuged to collect serum. The serum produced is then re-injected into the patient.
Has it been tested? The patented IRAP therapy has been used safely and effectively in thousands of horses around the world. In a controlled study at Colorado State University, results indicated that there was significant clinical and histologic improvement in osteoarthritis-affected joints of horses following treatment with autologous conditioned serum (ACS), compared with placebo treatment. Horses treated with ACS had significant clinical improvement in lameness, unlike the placebo group. IRAP therapy has been used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions: Joint lameness, Tendon and ligament injuries, and Muscle injuries. Information provided by Dechra Veterinary Products.
Tildren is a drug for arthritis licensed for use in horses in Europe, and available to veterinarians in the U.S. through special licensure. It has been used in Europe for many years to treat navicular disease and can treat multiple sites of osteoarthritis using an intravenous drip. In addition to treating navicular disease it has also been used to treat horses with hock pain.
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
As one of only a handful of veterinarians in the U.S.A. to be trained as an Equine Osteopath (E.O.) Dr. Hickman not only uses differing techniques to adjust, but a somewhat different philosophy as well. The difference in philosophy for an Osteopath and a Chiropractor is when an osteopath thinks of the interconnectedness of the body he has in his mind all of these systems. For an Osteopath a holistic approach to health means that every part of the body is seen within the context of the whole; that whole is more than the sum of the parts. As all the organs and systems of the body are interconnected, we cannot treat one part without influencing and changing the whole. This may mean that the cause of a problem may be far from where the symptoms are found. I have found osteopathy to be superior to chiropractic in that the osteopath looks beyond the spine for the cause of reduced mobility anywhere in the musculoskeletal system and beyond. In that way the root problem is addressed upfront rather than having to repetitively treat the same problem areas of the spine, pelvis and extremities that keep returning (because they are often secondary to a more internal restriction). Because of this, osteopathy (in my opinion) is truly a whole body technique and is therefore helpful to any organ system having problems, not just the spine, joints and muscles of the body. Animal chiropractic is a drug free approach to health care that deals with restoring the nervous system to optimal health and function. Animal chiropractic includes the examination, evaluation and adjustment of joints of the spine, limbs and skull. Animal chiropractic care focuses primarily on restoring normal movement to the various joints of the boney spinal column. By improving motion of the individual segments of the spine function of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves) can be improved.
In the simplest sense, decreased motion in areas of the spine limits the biomechanical function of the musculoskeletal system. However, a much more important result also occurs. Lack of normal movement between two adjacent vertebrae results in changes in the microenvironment within the space between those vertebrae through which the nerve roots (as well as cerebrospinal fluid, arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels) pass. These changes include pressure, swelling, edema and alteration in blood/ lymph and spinal fluid flow (decreasing oxygen supply and waste removal), adversely affecting the function of the nerve roots. The nerve roots contain fibers that pass out of the spine to control every structure and organ in the body and fibers that provide sensory input to the central nervous system coming back from the body. When function of the nerve roots is compromised, the complex communication between the brain and the body cannot occur properly. This leads to dysfunction of the body’s organ systems; musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary, hormonal, immunologic, genitourinary, reproductive and the neurologic system itself. These changes in organ function are what we recognize as the symptoms of disease.
Animal chiropractic/osteopathic care aims to identify specific areas of the spine that lack normal motion and return those areas to normal function. The individual pairs of vertebrae are palpated for both alignment and motion of the joints that connect them. Lack of motion is referred to as a chiropractic/osteopathic subluxation. After identifying and evaluating the various subluxations in the animal’s spine, an adjustment is performed to return the problem areas to normal movement and position. An adjustment is defined as: a very specific, short lever, high velocity, controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations.
Unlike humans receiving adjustments, audible “pops” are uncommon in animals. Most animal patients sleep soundly after being adjusted; a few may experience stiffness or soreness one to three days afterwards. This is usually mild and short lived. Animals often respond much faster and often more dramatically to chiropractic/osteopathic therapy. Problems of short duration often respond immediately. Long-standing or chronic problems may take more than one visit to respond satisfactorily. Factors that may influence an individual animal’s need for chiropractic/ osteopathic care include age, general health, level of physical fitness, and participation in athletic activities, concurrent medical, and structural problems and underlying conditions. Most animals (even “healthy” individuals) benefit from being adjusted 3-4 times per year to maintain optimal health.
Animal chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation is a holistic health care option that is based on removing impediments to the body’s innate ability to heal by releasing areas of restricted movement in the spine.
Some of the more common indications for animals to receive this type of care include:
- Neck and back pain or disc problems
- Lameness or changes in movement
- Decreased mobility or play behavior
- Muscle spasm or hypersensitivity
- Event or sports training and injuries
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Injuries and trauma
- Posture, topline or tail carriage problems
- Urinary, GI or reproductive problems
- During growth and development
- Geriatric pets
- Routine maintenance of health and function
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient, highly elaborate system of natural healing that has been used by billions of people and animals for all kinds of health conditions. We use high-quality, comprehensive herbal resources, including patent formulas, tinctures and granules (www.mayway.com).
Chinese herbal medicine is a wonderful complement to acupuncture treatment, as it works on different substrates in the body and maintains continuity in therapeutic intervention. Chinese herbs work more on the level of function and physiology. The herbs contain macro and micronutrients that can have specific therapeutic effects on certain organs of the body, such as the liver or kidneys. By working on both the immaterial and material levels, the treatment of acupuncture with herbs is much more effective and lasting.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique intended to promote the body’s natural healing process and modulate pain. Our bodies are built to maintain the balance of everything from hormone levels to blood circulation to digestive processes. In traditional Eastern medicine, the normal flow of qi (pronounced chi) through meridians maintains the body’s balance and state of health. Disruption of the flow of qi is related to imbalance of body function and illness. Trauma is considered to be a common cause of meridian obstruction. Emotional imbalances, poor diet, inactivity, lack of rest, and chronic diseases are also recognized as causes of impaired qi circulation. Acupuncture works to restore the body’s flow of qi so that balance and health are restored. In Eastern philosophy, health is more than just the absence of disease, but also the experience of vitality. Acupuncture works on the level of energetic frequency that flows through the main pathways of the body. Quantum physics has verified that our entire material world is comprised of energy, as is the body. Acupuncture is so unique because it is one of the few therapies that can manipulate the flow of energy in the body to produce a therapeutic effect. In acupuncture theory, until chronic health conditions are addressed on the energetic level, the root cause or problem will often be neglected.
Acupuncture uses the insertion of small, sterile, stainless steel needles into a patient at precise locations and depths on the body. The insertion of the needles at these points alters the body’s biochemical and physiological properties primarily through the stimulation of the central nervous system.
Acupuncture has been utilized in veterinary practice for over 3000 years to treat a variety of animal conditions, and may also be utilized as an adjunct to standard medical/surgical treatments of disease, or as a preventative measure.
The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery. All animals may benefit from acupuncture.
Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems that involve pain, non-infectious inflammation (such as arthritis and allergies) and neurologic dysfunctions (such as paralysis). Acupuncture is known to be effective for pain management. It can be an invaluable alternative to analgesic drugs without the common side effects associated with medications. Acupuncture is often combined effectively with chiropractic care for the treatment of back pain and a variety of other conditions.
- Musculoskeletal disorders – arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, back pain, laminitis, tendon injuries
- Gastrointestinal disorders – diarrhea, constipation, nausea, decreased appetite, inflammatory bowel disease, non-surgical colic
- Skin disorders – allergies, wound healing, granulomas
- Neurological disorders – seizures, nerve dysfunction/damage, paralysis
- Respiratory disorders – inflammatory airway disease
- Ocular disorders – keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)
- Reproductive disorders
- Numerous other disorders have also responded well to treatment with acupuncture
The length of each treatment and the frequency are often dependent on the individual animal, the disease being treated, and the response to each treatment. Most treatments take a minimum of 20 minutes and may also include electrical stimulation of the points (electroacupuncture), aquapuncture (injection of a therapeutic drug at the site of an acupuncture point) or heat treatment (moxibustion).
- Serum Chemistry
- Cytological exams.
- Coggins (EIA)
Tissue biopsies, Cultures and other preps are sent out to other diagnostic laboratories.
- Finding a farrier can be hard, especially if you are new to the area or are having problems with your horse’s feet. As a former farrier Dr. Hickman understands the necessity of a good working relationship with a competent farrier.
Dr. Hickman works with several highly skilled and educated farriers that work all over the Wichita area and throughout the Midwest. These farriers are constantly continuing their education so that they too, can offer the best quality and service for your horse, pony or mule. Equipped with a state-of-the-art digital radiography system, high-speed videography and one of if not the only kinematic gait analysis systems in the mid-west, Dr. Hickman is in a very unique position to offer both the farrier and the client a unique and complete assessment of your horse’s movement. With this information Dr. Hickman, the farrier, and the owner or trainer can develop the best plan to suit your horse’s needs to maximize performance and eliminate mechanical flaws created by conformation. This will allow your horse to perform at the top of their ability. Whether you are looking for a new farrier or one to help correct a lameness issue. Call Wichita Equine & Sports Medicine for a list of names and numbers.
Visit the American Farriers Association at (http://www.nofootnohorse.org) for more information on how to find a farrier and the importance of quality farrier work.
Maintaining the health of your herd is crucial for productivity and longevity. Our Herd Health Services encompass everything from vaccination protocols and nutritional counseling to biosecurity systems. With Dr. Hickman's extensive experience, your herd is in capable hands, ensuring optimal health and productivity.
Bovine Reproductive Services
- Artificial Insemination
- Pregnancy Evaluation (as early as 28 days with ultrasound assistance)
- Sexing of Embryos
- Obstetrics (Dystocia, C-Section, Post parturition Emergencies, Prolapse repair)
- Breeding Soundness Evaluations
Bovine Mobile Emergency Services
- Emergency Services- When you call, WE answer.
ON FARM SURGERY
- Displaced Abomasum
- Umbilical Hernias
- Blocked Teat Canals
- Chronic Rumen Bloat
- Urinary Obstruction in Steers
- Cancerous or Injured Eyes
- Cryo Surgery
- AND MORE
Bovine Herd Health
- Complete Herd Health Consultation
- Feed Yard Consultation
- De-Worming Strategies
- Vaccination Protocols
- Biosecurity Systems
- Nutritional Counseling
- Beef Quality Assurance
Routine Bovine Services
- Ambulatory Services
- Regulatory Issues Including
- Official Calf-hood vaccination
- Tuberculosis Testing
- Official Certificates of Veterinary Inspections
Herd Health Investigation
- Investigative Herd Medicine
Lameness Evaluation and Treatment
- Hoof trims
- Moving and Standing Examinations
- Joint and nerve blocks
- Serum Chemistry
Stem Cell / Regenerative Medical Therapy
In-House and Available Today!!!
Stem cell therapy is currently a proven way to improve joint health and well being in many animal species, without the life-threatening side effects of steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Our technology uses either a liposuction or a surgically obtained fat sample from the animal being treated that is processed to separate the stem cells into a concentrated form that is re-injected into their original host. These are NOT embryonic stem cells (that are controversial in human medicine) or stem cells from another animal but simply the animal’s own healing cells in a concentrated and activated form ready to start the healing process with no chance of negative reaction.
Stem cells circulate throughout the body, serving as a source of repair and growth cells for both injury and routine aging. They are found in higher numbers in young animals, migrating to the site of injury to speed up the process of healing. As animals age, these cells become more sedentary and there are fewer stem cells circulating throughout the body. Fat is a very rich source of mesenchymal stem cells, which research is showing are the primary stem cell involved in the healing process. The fat tissue is easily harvested through minor surgery (subcutaneous or abdominal) and in most cases the wound is smaller than a 14-gauge needle. Once the stem cells have been separated and activated, they are injected into the affected joint or area, where they migrate to the area of injury to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue.
20-40 grams of fat are obtained from the animal (20 grams pets - 40 grams from most large animals) and an IN-CLINIC PROCEDURE from Medivet-America is used to isolate the adipose stem cells found within the fat. These cells are then mixed with platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the same animal. This mixture known as the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) is then placed under specific light intensities to hyper-excite these cells and increase their viability. The resulting mixture is returned to the animal within 3-4 hours and the stem cell "Magic" begins to heal, repair and soothe the injury site. These cells begin differentiating into the specific cell types needed as well as the production of many specific growth factors required for healing. This process is proven in rebuilding muscles, bone, ligament, cartilage, and reducing pain and inflammation.
Adipose Stem Cell Therapy is the State of the Art method for treating:
- Hip dysplasia
- Degeneration or injury to ligament, tendon, muscle or bone
- Osteoarthritis - including cartilage damage
- Skin diseases - including Atopy
- Autoimmune diseases in both dogs and cats and horses
- Chronic kidney failure
- Many more
Made from fractionated ovine placental protein extract, it is a formulated combination of growth factors, peptides selected proteins and signaling molecules. The patent pending technology helps to enable the stimulation of trillions of stem cells in vivo from a quiescent (dormant) state to an active state, at significant potency levels never before known to be available. SGF 1000TM has been designed to assist in internal regeneration and rejuvenation of cells and to help accelerate the repair of organs at the cellular level. Growth factors and peptides proteins assist the repair of organs, damaged and injured muscles, tendons and bone cartilages, nerve tissues, skin tissues and to aid in the total rejuvenation of the body. It is not a drug and chemical free, and when administered by intravenous injection, (by a veterinarian at the desired site), keeps the body’s internal maintenance in check, by activating dormant stem cell reserves, plus the help of growth factors and peptide proteins in supporting the immune system defense.
Veterinary surgeons now have a valuable tool in animal pre and post surgery applications and a unique assistance in intensive care and recovery help of all animals.
TB-500 is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring Thymosin Beta 4 (Tß4) peptide present in virtually all, human and animal cells. TB-500TM is applied by subcutaneous injection to promote angiogenesis and wound healing. Studies of Tß4 have shown encouraging results regarding its roll in both superficial tissue and skeletal muscle repair. TB-500TM is permitted under the Therapeutic Substance Provision of the United States Equestrian Federation Drugs and Medications Rule.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, is the platelet concentrated plasma obtained from anti-coagulated whole blood via a centrifugation process. The Platelet concentration needs to be at least four times that of whole blood to be considered "platelet rich". The platelets are concentrated around the buffy coat, from distal plasma to the uppermost portion of the red pack. PRP is being used clinically by veterinarians for tendon and ligament healing and granulation of tissue defects throughout the US.
Please see Resource section for more information!
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