Veterinary Service is a full service veterinary practice. Our services can be provided at your farm. Compassionate Equine Medical Care with services that include, but are not limited to…
- Emergency Services
- Routine and Preventative Care
- Sports Medicine and Lameness Evaluation
- Pre-Purchase Examinations
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Regenerative Medicine
- Reproductive Services
- Castrations and Minor Field Surgeries
- Online Pharmacy
Emergency service at your farm
is available 24/7 within
our practice area.
We understand that unexpected problems can occur at any time and therefore we offer emergency service 27 hours a day, 7 days a week within our practice area. If you have an emergency, please call (760) 728-2319.
Reminder: Help us help you!
Our goal is to respond to your emergency as quickly as possible. In order to accomplish this, we must be able to contact you when we return your call.
*Call the veterinary emergency line while you are near your horse; he/she will likely have more questions for you.
*Keep your phone close by after you have the on-call veterinarian paged.
Heart Rate: 24-44 beats/min (influenced by anxiety/exercise)
Respiration Rate: 8-18 breaths/min (influenced by anxiety/exercise/outside temperature)
Recognizing Signs of Distress
When a horse is cut or bleeding, it’s obvious that there is a problem. But in cases of colic, illness, or a more subtle injury, it may not be as apparent. That’s why it’s important to know your horse’s normal vital signs, including temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR), as well as its normal behavior patterns. You must be a good observer so that you readily recognize signs of ill health.
There will be variations in individual temperature, pulse and respiration values. Take several baseline measurements when the horse is healthy, rested, and relaxed. Write them down and keep them within easy reach, perhaps with your first aid kit, so you have them to compare to in case of an emergency.
No matter what emergency you may face in the future, mentally rehearse what steps you will take to avoid letting panic take control. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare:
- Keep our number (or your regular vet’s number) by each phone or on the barn information board. Also put the information on your horse’s stall
- If you are in a barn, make sure all of your contact numbers are posted and up to date.
- Know in advance the most direct route to an equine surgery center in case you need to transport the horse.
- Post the names and phone numbers of nearby friends and neighbors who can assist you in an emergency while you wait for the veterinarian.
- Prepare a first aid kit and store it in a clean, dry, readily accessible place (if you need a first aid kit, we have them available in the office for purchase).
Routine and Preventative Care
General medicine includes everything from annual physical examinations, routine vaccinations, dental exams, fecal exams, and routine de-worming programs. Talk to your Creekside Equine veterinarian today to help you determine the ideal vaccine and de-worming program for your horse, herd, or barn.
- Comprehensive physical exam—This allows us to evaluate the overall health and condition of your horse.
- Dental examinations—It is important to check the oral health of your horse annually to bi-annually. The health of the teeth and gums and checked, and we will determine if a dental is necessary. Please remember that these examinations are a very important part of your preventative care plan. A horse’s teeth affect proper chewing, digestion, nutrient absorption, and can even influence performance.
- Vaccinations—Vaccines are an important component to keep your horse healthy and stop preventable diseases from impacting your horse and that of the local equestrian community. Vaccines are recommended based on the age, individual exposure risks, and local conditions.
- Deworming—If you do your own deworming, we will help you to be sure that frequency and the products used are correct. If you want us to deworm, we will design a custom program to fit your horse’s needs. Also, fecal egg counts can be used to evaluate the efficacy and frequency of deworming in many situations. Please ask your Creekside veterinarian for details.
- Ophthalmology—Part of the wellness exam includes a careful examination of your horse’s eyes, checking for cataracts, recurrent uveitis (moon blindness), congenital defects, and any other abnormalities.
- Overview of your horse—You may have a particular concern that we would be happy to address or we may identify an issue that needs additional investigation. Regardless of our findings, we will work with you to discuss a plan which may include further diagnostics such as blood work.
Sports Medicine and Lameness Evaluation
The evaluation and treatment of equine performance related problems is a large and growing part of Creekside Veterinary Services.
Our lameness evaluations allow us to visualize the lameness you as the rider see or feel. The lameness examination involves a combination of history provided by the client, visual examination of the horse in motion (dynamic examination), musculoskeletal palpation and manipulation (static examination), and variably the use of diagnostic blocks and advanced imaging to determine the source lameness.
If a problem in diagnosed, Creekside Veterinary Service veterinarians will provide you with a variety of treatment modalities and rehabilitation options.
Our treatment options range from Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Intra-articular therapy, Tildren and Osphos, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP), Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), Stem Cell Therapy and Mesotherapy,
Our goal and mission is to diagnose and to develop a treatment plan all in one visit.
Creekside Veterinary Service recommends you have a pre-purchase examination completed before you buy your next horse or pony. This examination will provide you with valuable information about your horses current medical needs. The format can be tailored to your specific needs, but involves at the minimum a thorough physical examination from head to tail which includes an ocular, neurologic, lameness, and cardiac examination. Digital radiographs are encouraged to establish a baseline of skeletal changes. Blood work, reproductive exams, ultrasound exams, and upper airway endoscopy are also among the ancillary procedures available.
Diagnostic imaging has made remarkable improvements over the last 20 years. In the equine veterinary field especially, these advances are enabling practitioners to more accurately diagnose and treat performance issues on the farm. Creekside Veterinary Service offers digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and gastroscopy. Our mission and goal is to have all the tools available to diagnose and treat your horse in a single visit.
Regenerative medicine is the treatment of choice for many musculoskeletal problems. Creekside Veterinary Service is proud to offer Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell therapy and IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein).
Shockwave therapy is a new addition to Creekside Veterinary Service. While our veterinarians have recommended this service for many years, we are now able to offer this service directly through our personnel.
Creekside Veterinary Service provides a range of reproductive services including:
- Rectal palpations
- Uterine culture & sensitivities
- Uterine biopsies & cytology
- Embryo Transfer
- Fresh cooled semen artificial insemination
- Pregnancy exams and hormonal profiles
- Neonatal services including IgG testing and plasma transfusions if necessary. Angular limb deformity analysis
We are available to assist you in your endeavor to have a live healthy foal from its conception through weaning.
Proper dental care is imperative to your horses health and wellness. Creekside Veterinary Service veterinarian off dental services which include…
- Examination of the mouth for abnormal wear and malocclusion
- Routine floating
- Treatment of injured teeth, infection and other dental irregularities
- Extraction of diseased teeth
Each veterinarian carries a complete array of power and hand instruments available to properly diagnose and treat dental abnormalities.
Castrations and Minor Field Surgeries
We perform minor surgeries in the field such as castrations, laceration repair, caslick procedures, and biopsy sampling. If more extensive surgery is required, we will refer you to an equine surgical hospital in the area.