Kinesiology taping

Kinesiology taping affects the body completely differently from that of non-elastic athletic tape and can often times be confusing. The effect of Kinesiology taping is based on its ability to interact with the skin and associated neurosensory and mechanoreceptors. Elastic kinesiology tape does not compress the tissue as does other types of tapes and taping methods. Its design characteristics and associated application techniques, decompress tissue thereby allowing for increased circulation. This lifting principle behind the decompression also influences and thereby impacts how pain receptors respond to the messages associated with swelling and or inflammation.
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Breeding

Henderson Equine Clinc (and Small Ruminants!) offers reproductive services at your farm or in our clinic. We offer artificial insemination (for horses and goats), breeding soundness examinations and pregnancy evaluation by palpation and ultrasonography.  This past year we have also performed embryo transfer.  We also offer uterine cultures, uterine biopsies, and uterine cytology. Our other services include male breeding soundness examination, semen collection and cooling/shipping or direct insemination. We offer prenatal and neonatal care for your mares, foals, crias, kids, and lambs.

We recommend all mares and foals receive a wellness exam shortly after birth.  We also recommend a post-natal wellness exam for alpacas and llamas and their crias.  At this time we can also test IgG levels.

Pre-Purchase Exams

The purpose of the pre-purchase exam is to assess any health issues that can affect the horse’s suitability for the potential owners intended use. It is important to remember that this exam does not guarantee future soundness. It can however, identify health concerns or problems that provide information to help you determine if this is a suitable horse for your needs. The pre-purchase exam will not be a pass or fail rather it is a fact finding (information finding) exam to help you minimize the risk of purchasing a horse that doesn’t fit your needs. The exam can be as superficial or in depth as you desire. Please call the clinic at 585 243-5560 with any questions. 

Lameness Evaluation

Comprehensive lameness diagnosis and treatments available. We are pleased to offer lameness exams at your farm or our facility.  Diagnostics include on-site radiography and ultrasound, diagnostic nerve analgesia, arthrocentesis, and motion evaluation.  Therapies and rehabilitation plans are customized to the individual patient's needs utilizing state of the art therapeutics and techniques

K-Laser Treatment (Class IV Therapeutic)

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.

 

Patient Benefits of Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, and is virtually free of side effects.

 

Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?

Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

A great resource for scientific studies involving animals and Laser Therapy is http://www.k-laserusa.com/results-research/k-laser-library/

 

Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy

During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.

 

Laser Therapeutic Effects

During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

 

K-Laser Advanced Technology

K-Laser is leading the way in pain management, tissue repair, safe treatments, and fast treatment times. K-Laser offers:

  • Four-Wavelength Beam that Penetrates Deep into the Tissue
  • SuperPulse Mode for Deeper Therapeutic Penetration

 

Four Wavelength/Triple Delivery Mode

The K-Laser employs three infrared wavelengths simultaneously of 800 nm, 905 nm, and 970 nm and combines them with a 660 nm visible beam. These Four Wavelengths are more efficient, healing the tissue while also aiding in pain relief. Combine this with Three Distinct Delivery Modes (Continuous Wave, Frequency Modulated, and Intense SuperPulse), and you have a therapeutic laser solution that offers as much variety as the conditions and patients you treat.

 

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like? There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.  

 

Are there any side effects or associated risks? During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment. 

 

How long does each treatment take? The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. 

 

How often should a patient be treated? Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.

 

How many treatments does it take? This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain. 

 

How long before the results are felt? You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions. 

 

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment? Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, anti-inflammatories, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Acupuncture

To compliment Our Traditional Western Veterinary medicine, Henderson Equine Clinic offers traditional acupuncture to treat the following:
1. Musculoskeletal conditions, lameness and neurological disorders.
2. Cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disorders.
3. Gastrointestinal disorders and behavioral problems.
4. Dermatological problems and immune-mediated diseases.
5. Renal & urinary disorders and reproductive disorders.

Using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Principles: Five Elements, Yin-Yang, Eight Principles, Zang-fu Physiology and Pathology, Meridians and Channels.
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Ophthamology

The evaluation and treatment of the large animal eye is a unique field.  Horses have fairly sensitive eyes; a small ulcer that would heal without treatment in a cow or dog may blind a horse if left untreated.  We are prepared to examine and treat a variety of equine eye problems, including corneal ulcers, uveitis, glaucoma, and eyelid lacerations.

Alpaca/Llama eyes are similar to equine in their needs for immediate evaluation and treatment.  We are able to examine and assess your camelid's eyes in the field or in our in house treatment area.

Neonatal Care

Foals should be examined around 8-12 hours after birth, to assess them for congenital problems and make sure they received enough colostrum to ensure they are protected against disease.  During this examination we will also evaluate the mare and placenta, to be sure the mare did not suffer any significant injuries during foaling, and that she passed an intact placenta. 

Foals also have different vaccination and deworming requirements than adult horses.  Foals are protected by their dams' immunity for a few months after birth, and then vaccinations are required thereafter.  We can work with you to develop a plan for how to best vaccinate and deworm your young stock to help prevent problems down the line. 

Saddle and Tack Fitting

How your saddle and other tack fit your horse can have a huge impact on his movement, comfort level and ability to perform.  A poor fitting saddle can cause back problems which may be manifested subtly.  Signs include resistance to being girthed, swishing tail while being mounted or girthed, a hollow back during riding, or poor performance.  We can evaluate the fit of your saddle and make recommendations on how to keep your horse (and you!) as comfortable as possible. 

Reproductive Services

Henderson Equine Clinc (and Small Ruminants!) offers reproductive services at your farm or in our clinic. We offer artificial insemination (for horses and goats), breeding soundness examinations and pregnancy evaluation by palpation and ultrasonography.  This past year we have also performed embryo transfer.  We also offer uterine cultures, uterine biopsies, and uterine cytology. Our other services include male breeding soundness examination, semen collection and cooling/shipping or direct insemination. We offer prenatal and neonatal care for your mares, foals, crias, kids, and lambs.

We recommend all mares and foals receive a wellness exam shortly after birth.  We also recommend a post-natal wellness exam for alpacas and llamas and their crias.  At this time we can also test IgG levels.

Parasite Management/FAMACHA

Henderson Equine Clinic recommends "Targetted Deworming" which employs fecal egg counts to determine how your individual horse or farm needs to be managed. For years, veterinarians have recommended "Rotational Deworming" which simply rotates dewormers every 6 weeks or so throughout the year. The problem with this system is that most horses do not need to be dewormed this frequently. Like the overuse of antibiotics, overuse of dewormers can and have caused resistance in the population we are using them to control.
Fecal egg counts should also be used for deciding whether or not to deworm small ruminants. This is even more critical, as many of the dewormers currently being used have limited or NO effect in some populations. Based on previous deworming history, Fecal Egg Counts, and clinical signs we can make educated recommendations on deworming product choices, as well as if the animal needs to be dewormed at all.
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Sports Medicine

Most of the staff at Henderson Equine Clinic are involved in horse sports on a personal level.  For that reason, we are particularly in tune to the care of your equine athlete.  Whether your horse has sustained an injury and is now dealing with a lameness, or a subtle "poor performance" issue is causing trouble during rides, we are prepared to help get your horse back to peak condition. 

Imaging

Henderon Equine Clinic is equipped with ultrasound, computed radiography and endoscopy. All of these imaging modalities can be used at your farm or boarding location, or at the clinic. Read more about each of these imaging techniques below:
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Emergency Services

Henderson Equine Clinic (and Small Ruminants!) has 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency coverage.  One of our goals is to prevent as many emergencies as possible. Our medical philosophy stresses preventative medicine. We recommend yearly physicals, vaccinations, and regular fecal evaluation and deworming for all your animals.

If you are wondering if your situation is a true emergency, it is best to call as soon as you discover the situation and discuss the matter with our veterinarians.

First Aid is important for every animal owner to know and understand. Bonny has spent the last few years authoring a book on equine first aid that should be available in late 2012

We understand that emergencies are stressful for all involved.  We pride ourselves on prompt, thorough and compassionate care at all times.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have concerns after regular business hours. 

Chiropractic Care

Dr. Bonny Henderson completed certification by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2006. Over the past several years she has performed chiropractic adjustments on countless horses, donkeys and even small animals. The benefits to chiropractic adjustments are many, including free range of motion and decreased pain during exercise.
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Dentistry

Complete equine health care requires routine dental care. At Henderson Equine, we can provide motorized dentistry at your farm or at the clinic. Motorized dentistry is faster and often more thorough than traditional "hand floats". We do sedate the horses for this procedure, which helps to alleviate anxiety (in horses, vets and owners!). The sedatives are tolerated well and are very safe.
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