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Bone Scans

Nuclear Scintigraphy is commonly called a bone scan.  Bone scans are very sensitive ways to image orthopedic conditions in the horse.  The technique uses a biologically safe radioisotope combined with a compound used by bone to target areas where there are bony changes or where the bone is actively forming, such in areas of injury or fracture. This compound, known as a radiopharmaceutical, is injected into the bloodstream of the horse and then a special camera, called a gamma camera, is used to image the musculoskeletal system. Abnormal areas, called lesions (or areas of increased radiopharmaceutical uptake) are seen as “hot” or “cold” spots on the images.  These images can be viewed on a monitor or printed on paper.  Bone scans are especially useful in helping […]

Tooth Extraction

It is common for people to visit their dentist twice a year but what about your horse?  As you likely already know, once you have lost your baby teeth your adult teeth grow in and stay there for the rest of your life. But horses are different.  They lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth grow in and keep on growing at a rate of about 2mm per year.  This unique characteristic makes horse tooth care very different from you, or your dog or cat.  It is important to have your horse’s teeth checked early in their life-by the time they are 2 1/2 years old- and continue with routine dental care throughout their lives.  60% of horses will develop some form of periodontal disease […]

Associate Position

Pine Bush Equine Services and Veterinary Hospital is seeking a full-time equine ambulatory practitioner for a well-established, privately owned equine hospital.  We are located in beautiful rural horse country but are less than 80 miles from exciting midtown Manhattan.  Applicant must be motivated, and have an excellent customer service mentality and good communication skills. We seek an individual with a forward-thinking and positive attitude that can function well as a part of our close-knit team. Our facility offers complete support staff, surgical suite, 13 stall barn with climate controlled evaluation areas and state of the art equipment including multiple digital radiography units, dynamic endoscopy, ultrasonography, video endoscopy, laser therapy, in house laboratory equipment and up-to-date sports medicine and regenerative therapies. We are […]

Horse Show Biosecurity Tips

Horse Show Biosecurity Tips Horse show season is an exciting time for horse owners and enthusiasts. It is a time to showcase their horses and talents while travelling to new places and meeting up with folks that share the same interests. In order to keep the show season running smoothly, horse show people need to be mindful of their actions and the health of their own horse. Everyone plays a role in the safety of the animals involved, from the judges to the competitors, attendees, veterinarians and spectators. Please review the following tips before heading to the next show: Temperatures  Know your horse’s normal temperature (anything over 101.5F may be abnormal). Temps should be taken twice daily but especially before, […]

Acute Laminitis

About the Diagnosis Laminitis (or founder) is a painful condition of the foot. It specifically occurs where the hard covering of the hoof meets the soft tissues inside the foot, known as the lamina. “Lamina” = soft tissues that connect the coffin bone to the hoof wall. “Itis” = inflammation. When this connection (lamina) is damaged, the coffin bone is no longer supported within the hoof wall and the weight of the horse pushes the coffin bone down onto the sole, tearing the lamina and crushing the soft tissue of the sole. This damage results in severe pain. Once these soft tissues are damaged the deep digital flexor tendon continues its pull on the bottom of the coffin bone, pulling […]