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Fall is prime Pigeon Fever season and we have seen quite a few cases already. Pigeon Fever is a bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. It derived it's name from the swelling that occurs in the pectoral muscles on a horse, which resembles a pigeon's breast.


We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your horse(s).  You and your animals are our highest priority and we value your devotion to their health and well-being. Preventative care is one of the most important services that we offer, and our goal is to keep all of our patients up to date.


The least favorite bug of our equine partners and ourselves. Mosquitos pose a threat to our horses and to us by causing severe skin irritation and can transmit deadly diseases. Make sure you are changing out your horse’s water trough and eliminating any standing water.


Learn and Identify Twelve Plants that may cause harm to your horse, and know when to call your veterinarian.


Always monitor for slipping of the bandage, swelling above or below the bandage, or an increase in lameness. Call our office if you have any questions or concerns.


Rain Rot is a bacterial skin disease that causes hair loss and can leave patches of raw skin. It typically looks like small raised or matted tufts of hair that can be warm and sensitive to touch, most commonly found on the head, neck, withers, and hind quarters.


Protective “medicine boots” are another alternative to hoof bandages. However, you must be sure that you use a boot that fits your horse properly and that you check it very regularly to avoid pressure sores over the heel bulbs and coronet.


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