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The Animal Hospital; from home to farm, your partner in animal healthcare we offer the following:
Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 7 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, one of our team members will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
Equine Services at Our Animal Clinic
Horses can encounter health issues just as any other type of pet can. Fortunately, the great majority of these issues can be prevented through regular wellness care and proper home care, or they can be treated by a veterinarian with proper training and expertise in equine health. Horse owners who will be pleased to know that our clinic can provide the necessary care for their equine animals.
Vaccinations, Dental Care and More for Your Equine Animals
Just as dogs and cats require core vaccinations from a young age, so must horses receive certain essential vaccines to protect them against serious illnesses. Rabies, a universal and deadly threat to mammals, can cause neurological damage, behavioral changes and eventually death. This frightening ailment is transferred through the bite of a rabid animal, making it imperative that you vaccinate your horse and keep providing booster shots as needed to maintain protection. Other core vaccinations for horses include those for tetanus, Eastern/Western equine encephalomyelitis and West Nile virus, and these vaccinations also require periodic boosters.
Horses' teeth and hooves also require regular evaluation and care. Unlike small animals that may only require an annual checkup and cleaning, horse teeth require a procedure called "floating" to smooth them down to an even height and surface; jagged or overgrowing teeth can lead to pain, chewing difficulties and digestive problems. Hooves also tend to overgrow and must be trimmed properly. Uneven or neglected hooves can suffer a serious form of inflammation called laminitis, in which the lamina of the hoof loosens from the bone. If laminitis does develop, it must be treated promptly to prevent crippling lameness. Other treatable ailments that can produce lameness, including arthritis, infections and traumatic injury to a joint, can be diagnosed through radiography, MRI or other imaging techniques, and through close observation of the animal's gait and pain level.
Horses are vulnerable to several ailments caused by parasites or infections. Fungi, bacteria, allergic reactions or other conditions can cause skin lesions and/or hair loss. Allergic reactions may come from external stimuli, such as the choice of bedding or airborne pollutants, or from food sensitivity. Lice and mites can also cause skin problems.
Our equine veterinarian can run tests to determine the exact cause of your horse's skin issue and then prescribe the appropriate treatment. Horses may also need treatment for health problems such as colic, equine infectious anemia, worms, cancer or internal organ dysfunction. Periodic lab testing allows us to search for any sign of ill health and prescribe the appropriate treatment or home care as quickly as possible. We can perform these tests during an annual wellness check while also evaluating the need for tooth floating, hoof trimming and other preventative procedures.
We encourage horse owners seeking a high standard of professional care for their beloved animal to contact our office for an initial consultation.
Plainville is so lucky to have Dr. Mack. Our puppy loves going to The Animal Hospital; the staff is so friendly to both animals and their humans. Even after a surgery, he was just happy as can be when we left! They must be incredibly attentive while animals are in their care. It's wonderful to know that your pet is in such good hands. I cannot recommend Dr. Mack highly enough.