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Sound Equine Veterinary Hospital

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5065 NE Lincoln Road
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: 360-779-5557
Fax: 360-779-3142

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
Tuesday9:00am5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am5:00pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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r160613_587673.jpgHealthy hooves are a vital part of a horse's overall well-being. Damage or disease affecting these essential weight-bearing structures can not only lead to pain, lameness and secondary infection, but it can also make a horse more vulnerable to trips and falls that can cause traumatic injuries. In addition to having any obvious signs of hoof trouble or lameness diagnosed and treated, owners should have their horses' hooves checked and routine maintenance performed at regular intervals to ensure optimum wellness. An experienced equine veterinarian can make all the difference in your horse's health and quality of life.


Preventing Painful Conditions in Horses with Hoof Care

A hoof is a horny outgrowth that serves as a kind of natural "shoe," allowing a horse to walk on a variety of terrain without injury. It connects to the skeleton via a layer of tissue known as the lamina. If the lamina becomes weakened or damaged, the connection of the hoof to the coffin bone in the foot can become compromised, a condition known as laminitis. Common causes of laminitis include excessive riding over hard ground, nutritional imbalances, obesity, infection or Cushing’s disease.


Laminitis can cause extreme discomfort and render a horse lame in short order. Treatment of the condition involves rest in addition to addressing the underlying problem. Supplements, a special diet, sedative and painkilling medications, or special supports may be prescribed to treat laminitis. Correct, regular trimming by your equine vet can help prevent some of the damage that can promote laminitis.

Regular cleaning of the hooves can help prevent infection, while proper trimming can prevent the hooves from cracking and opening the way for bacteria to enter. Treatment for thrush typically involves the application of an iodine solution or topical prescription medicines. Severely damaged tissues may need to be removed, after first removing that section of hoof, to allow for the growth of new, healthy tissue. During this time the horse may require special shoeing to protect these tissues as they reform.

Occasional hoof injuries are to be expected given the hard work these structures must perform. Soreness, abscesses, bruises and other conditions should be taken seriously, and the owner should contact his equine veterinarian for an evaluation. A properly equipped and staffed equine clinic can not only provide prompt, professional treatment but can also advise the owner on how to help minimize the occurrence of similar injuries in the future. An equine vet can also recommend best practices for weight management, diet and nutrition, hoof cleaning and hygiene -- all factors in healthy hooves.

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Labor Day Hours

The office will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. In case of a medical emergency, there will still be an on-call vet reachable by our office phone number of 360-779-5557. We hope everyone has a sunny and safe holiday!

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
Tuesday9:00am5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am5:00pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

Emergency Service: 24 hours, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

24-hour phone: 360-779-5557 

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Meet Dr. Hills I believe that when trust, honesty, and fairness are given, these gifts are returned. Our practice is oriented towards wellness and I enjoy a professional yet personalized relationship with my clients and patients. Read More

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