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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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photo_lameness2.jpgLameness in horses can be a "pain" for horse and owner alike. Not only can it result in poor performance but chronic lameness can result in a cycle of further lameness and pain. Equine practitioners spend a lot of there time assessing for lameness/gait abnormalities and treating with an ever expanding repertoire of therapeutic options. 

Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Equine Lameness
Preventing lameness is always preferable to treating it afterward, but this is not always possible. Ensure your horse has proper training and conditioning for daily tasks, proper farrier work and hoof care, and regular veterinary checkups. Sound nutrition, proper rest and hydration are also critical for avoiding lameness due to health problems.


When prevention does not work, however, it is important to notice the signs of lameness promptly and to engage the help of your veterinarian right away. Your equine veterinarian will first watch your horse as he or she walks from a distance, and from all sides to evaluate any asymmetries showing the horse overcompensating in one area because of injury to another area. Then, the vet examines your horse by touch (“palpation”) to evaluate tissue tenderness, texture, heat, inflammation, etc. in the joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

The veterinarian will also bend and flex the legs and check your horse’s hooves carefully. Even sound is important during these evaluations: the vet will actually listen to the sound and rhythm of your horse’s gait for unevenness. Nerve blocks, joint blocks and other diagnostic tests can further isolate the area with the problem. Further evaluation often involves imaging; xrays, ultrasound, and other options to help best guide and characterize the cause of lameness. 

After isolating the cause, your equine vet can recommend a course of treatment. Of course, treatments vary widely, ranging from rest, anti-inflammatory medications and a period of rest and rehab tailored to the specific diagnosis and temperament of the horse. As equine veterinary science continues to advance, newer treatments are coming out all the time to help even horses with severe lameness. Everything from stem-cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma to laser therapy and alternative treatments such as acupuncture and equine chiropractic care are possible options.

The most important thing you can do is work to prevent the situations that can lead to lameness—and if lameness strikes, act fast with the help of an experienced equine veterinarian
 

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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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