Monthly Archives: August 2015

PBEC Offers the Best in 24-Hour Emergency Care

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Palm Beach Equine Clinic is renowned for its full-service surgical center and intensive care hospital located in the heart of Wellington, Florida. Board certified surgeons, primary care veterinarians and hospital technicians are scheduled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat, monitor and care for critical cases. With world class veterinarians and a full staff of highly trained technicians, both clients and patients of PBEC are in the best hands possible.

Palm Beach Equine’s surgical suite and staff is prepared to handle all kinds of emergencies, day and night. The large team of 24 veterinarians includes three Board Certified Surgeons who rotate on call duties for all emergencies. This aids Palm Beach Equine veterinarians and all of the Southeast with the ability to treat their emergencies requiring surgical assistance quickly. The state of the art intensive care hospital is equipped with digital video cameras for the clinicians to easily monitor their patients from any location, at any time.

PBEC has the most advanced imaging technologies available on site, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scan), Ultrasonography, Digital Radiography and Endoscopy. PBEC has a Board Certified Radiologist on site to interpret images to assist with diagnosis. They also have a full-service laboratory on-site equipped with hematology, chemistry, and microbiology equipment to quickly help with the evaluation of each case.

For more information on our facility or in case of an emergency, please call (561) 793-1599 to contact an on-call veterinarian.

Cause, Prevention, and Treatment of Summer Sores

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We have reached the middle of summer, but the heat and humidity are far from over in South Florida. With the damp weather, pesky flies are at their worst this time of year, which creates problems for many horse owners. The increase in fly population can often lead to summer sores, medically known as Habronemiasis. Summer sores are lesions on the skin caused by the larvae of equine stomach worms Habronema.

These worms in the horse’s stomach produce eggs that pass through the digestive tract and are shed in the horse’s feces. Barn flies typically gather around manure and ultimately collect the parasite’s larvae on their extremities. Summer sores will outbreak when flies carrying the larvae deposit the eggs onto an open wound or the mucous membranes of the horse. The larvae infect the open wound or mucous membranes, causing an inflammatory reaction including symptoms of inflammation, discharge, and the production of granulation tissue infected with larvae. One way to detect a summer sore is the visible granulation of tissue containing small yellow, rice-like larvae within the skin and a mucopurulent (mucus or pus-like) discharge associated with the wound.

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Prevention is the most effective way of controlling summer sore outbreaks. The best way to protect horses is to implement an effective method for fly control, manure removal, proper wound care, and most importantly, an effective de-worming program to disrupt the parasite’s life cycle internally. The popular dewormer, Ivermectin, has commonly been used to kill both adult worms in the stomach and the larval forms in the skin tissue. Corticosteroids are administered to reduce the inflammatory hypersensitivity reaction, and antimicrobials treat any secondary infections that may develop as the result of an open wound. If not treated properly, summer sores can last up to several months and possibly require a costly surgical procedure to remove the granulated tissue and larvae.

At the first sign of a summer sore, contact your veterinarian at Palm Beach Equine Clinic at 561-793-1599 to discuss treatment and develop an effective fly management program for your barn.