Here are a few of our Equine Success Stories
Lily presented to Woodside Equine Clinic for evaluation of an infected hock joint after sustaining a kick wound in the field. Using arthroscopy, her joint flushed with 5L of sterile saline and boney fragments were removed. The laceration was closed under general anesthesia. After surgery, Lily received intravenous antibiotics for 5 days and three regional limb perfusions, which is a technique to localize antibiotics to lower limb infections. Multiple joint samples revealed normalizing joint fluid values and a resolving joint infection. Lily was discharged from the hospital after one week and recovered great at home. She is now being ridden again and has just been cleared to start jumping! We are all so happy Lily recovered from her infection and is returning to her previous work! Good job Lily and Sara and Kate Wiegmann!
“My name is Erica Plunkett and I wanted to personally send a note of thanks to your staff for their assistance on Friday 21 October. My thoroughbred, Beckett, decided to escape his stall and eat all the other horses breakfasts…over 11 pounds (including dry hay pellets, barley, oats, and sweet grain) worth.
The lovely lady that answered the phone, I believe her name was Linda, was calm and kind and efficient in her communication. I’m sure I wasn’t the most calm person she’s ever spoken to, but she was amazing and able to arrange for Dr. Wimms to be at our sides within the hour.
This was my first time meeting Dr. Wimms, as we had previously been under the care of Dr. Wolf. Dr. Wimms’ professionalism, expertise, and caring made this incredibly scary event bearable. She answered all of my questions, explained what treatment was required, and most importantly, she treated my best friend with the care and concern that he deserves.
I’m eternally grateful for the kindness and amazing care shown to us. I wanted to let you know, from a Client, that the addition of Dr .Wimms to your practice is wonderful and I am resting easier knowing that my “Houdini” of a horse has such a super Doctor. Thanks to you all for saving us.
Best wishes & immense gratitude,
Erica & Beckett ”
Ty is a 20 year old Arab-cross gelding who was found dull and lethargic one early autumn morning. His owner quickly discovered he had broken into the farm’s feed room and had eaten almost an entire fifty pound bag of chicken feed! Some chicken feeds are treated with anti-parasitic medications such as monensin which are fatally toxic to horses. Ty is lucky that this particular feed was not medicated, but eating this much of any type of grain can still pose extremely serious problems. During the first 24 hours, the most immediate threat of “grain overload” is colic. Horses have relatively small stomachs for their size, as they are meant to slowly graze all day long. They are also physically unable to vomit. Consequently, when a large amount of feed enters the stomach all at once, it can cause significant gastric distension which, if not removed, can cause an impaction within the stomach and potentially even fatal rupture. If the feed does pass through the stomach, it can also cause impactions in the lower gastrointestinal tract, but can also disrupt the delicate balance of pH and microbial flora which can result in severe diarrhea, endotoxemia (absorption of endotoxins into the blood), shock, and death. After the first 24 hours, laminitis becomes a significant threat as well!
Ty’s owner called our clinic immediately that morning to seek veterinary assistance. A nasogastric tube was passed into Ty’s stomach and attempts were made to lavage the feed material from the stomach. Chicken feed typically clumps and hardens when wet, so even after 45 minutes of lavage, only a small amount of feed was retrieved. Mineral oil was administered to soften the feed and Ty was treated with anti-inflammatories and anti-laminitic medications.
Ty was then shipped to the hospital at Woodside for further treatment. On arrival, a tube was passed again and this time the feed had softened significantly. The stomach was copiously lavaged and a large amount of feed was retrieved. Anti-inflammatories and anti-laminitic therapy were continued through Ty’s stay and he was gradually reintroduced back to feed. Ty was sent back home to his family one happy, healthy, and very lucky horse!
“Herbie was on and off unsound on his left front for a few months and he had been evaluated by different veterinarians and we just had not been able to determine the cause. When I moved to Richmond VA area, I brought him to Dr Anderson at Woodside Equine in Ashland VA for an evaluation. Dr Anderson diagnosed him with an MCL injury and we began following the treatment protocol as recommended by Dr Anderson. Herbie has been sound since the treatments and has been competing in low level eventing, as well as dressage and jumper shows. It has been so wonderful having him back competing and knowing that he feels good! Herbie is a wonderful fun horse and I am very grateful to Dr Anderson and his wonderful team at Woodside Equine in Ashland for everything they have done with Herbie helping him get back to being his best!
I really appreciate all you have done to give me my best friend back up and running and feeling good again!”
Herbies left front medial collateral ligament of his coffin joint was diagnosed with an injury using ultrasound and X-rays. The ligament was enlarged with tearing of fibers and bone reaction at its attachment to the pastern bone. The ligament was injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). BMAC is processed by centrifuging blood harvested from bone marrow. It helps with healing by supplying a number of cell types that are integral in the healing process and providing a scaffolding type structure for new fibers to form on.
Herbie also had a series of three shockwave treatments at three week intervals. On Herbie’s final evaluation 3.5 months post diagnosis he started back into light work with a progressive schedule back to showing. He’s been back to work for over 2 years.
On presentation, Spanky was quiet and had an abnormal gait (neurologic) in the hind limbs. Spanky was showing signs of colic and on bloodwork had a low white blood cell count and elevated liver values.
We started supportive care with IV fluids, NSAIDs, probiotics and omeprazole. Overnight Spanky was comfortable but the following day Spanky’s muzzle was swollen and he had significant upper airway noise. An endoscopy was performed and we could see that the back of Spanky’s throat was very swollen and appeared traumatized. About 90% of his airway was blocked and a tracheostomy had to be performed; a tracheostomy is where an incision is made in the neck into the trachea to allow the animal to breath. At this time Spanky was placed on broad spectrum antibiotics to protect him from aspiration pneumonia and was administered steroids to decrease the swelling.
With this variety of signs Spanky was definitely an unusual case. Over the next few days, Spanky added acute laminitis to his list of problems, so ice boots and pentoxifylline (a vasodilator) were added to his medication regime. At this time Spanky was not eating and due to the swelling at the back of his throat we were unsure whether he could properly swallow. A tube was passed via his nose into his stomach so that he could be directly given nutrition.
Over the next two weeks there were times where we were very concerned about Spanky’s survival but Spanky was a fighter. Gradually his various problems dissipated. After 10 days he could be taken for walks and allowed to graze. Two weeks after the tracheostomy, the tube keeping the hole open was removed and the hole closed on its own.
Two months after Spanky went home we received a Christmas card showing Spanky being a happy and healthy pony. He lives in a pasture with another pony and they often entertain the neighborhood with their antics.
Spanky’s case is still a bit of a head scratcher but the theory that we came up with was that he ate something he shouldn’t have – something that he was known to do, which caused initial GI upset and progressed to neurological signs and also irritated his mouth and throat. Overall, supportive care and time were the key factors to getting Spanky through his ordeal.