TEVA Adds Rehab Therapies to Keep Your Horse Performing Perfectly

We are now offering on-farm laser therapy and wearable therapeutic ultrasound devices. These therapies ease pain, reduce inflammation, and stimulate healing. Both devices can be rented to owners to continue daily treatments following initial diagnosis and treatment by our TEVA veterinary team.

The super pulsed, low-level cold laser therapy triggers changes in cells that result in cellular healing. This therapy easily integrates into many treatment plans while decreasing pain and inflammation while enhancing circulation to speed up the healing process. It is primarily used on musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains), and arthritis. It also helps to release tight muscles and stimulate nerve regeneration.

The Equine PainShield® wearable therapeutic ultrasound provides targeted therapy for pain and soft tissue injury. It is used for tendon and ligament injuries, muscle soreness, and arthritis. It accelerates wound healing and helps large or chronic wounds heal faster, especially on legs. This small quarter-sized transducer is placed at or near the site of injury or pain to provide 3-6 continuous hours of hands-free therapy. Typical treatment protocols include daily use for one to two weeks.

MEDICAL MINUTE: Fussy on the bit & trouble maintaining weight

Abbreviated Medical Advice from Dr. Joyce

It doesn't matter if it has been 3 months or 23 months since your horse's last dental. Unpredictable dental issues can happen at any time. In this case, a lower incisor had shifted in a manner that caused the root of the tooth to tilt outward. This allowed the sharp root point to dig painfully into the horse's lower gum.

For this new patient to Total Equine Vets, Dr. Joyce expertly and gently extracted the incisor. The wound will heal well in a few days without the sharp root pushing against it.

Please remember that there is usually a medical reason behind fussy bit behavior and trouble maintaining weight. Give us a call to help "root" out the issue!


Here are a few additional articles that are worth a read and events for your calendars!

Why It's Important to Have a Veterinarian Perform Dental Work
A licensed veterinarian with a special interest in dentistry is likely the most qualified and most certified option...

Poor Performance: Is Your Horse Affected?
Sometimes a horse's behavior or performance can only be explained as "not quite right." Let us know what you're experiencing with your horse, and we'll help you get to the bottom of it!

Virginia Horse Festival - Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26
Join the industry's top experts for engaging and educational clinics, demonstrations and seminars or browse vendors selling the latest in equipment, supplies, and clothing.

Loudoun County Equine Expo - March 30 | 6pm-9pm
A great way for equestrians to meet the businesses and organizations that support their passion. Don't miss this annual networking event that is open to the public! TEVA will be there, will you?

2017 WINTER SEMINARS - Save the Dates & Register Now!

All Seminars will be held at the Morven Park Equestrian Center Classroom. Registration for seminars is now open! Based on feedback from our previous seminars, these are our chosen topics. We hope to see you there! Refreshments and door prizes will be included!

February 16, 2017 - 7pm | Interactive Lameness - YOU CALL THE SHOTS!

Lameness stems from a multitude of culprits. Learn how to identify common lameness causes, levels of lameness, and proven methods to help ease your horse's pain. Explore popular veterinary technology available to speed healing combined with an important discussion about the nutrition aspects of joint health.

March 23, 2017 - 7pm | Eat THIS, Not THAT! Pasture Management & Toxic Plants

How to grow the good stuff! Ask the experts as they join us to present important and timely topics on pasture management and toxic plant identification for equine enthusiasts. Presented by Dr. Bridgette McIntosh from the Virginia Tech MARE Center and Chris Van Vlack from the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, this evening's worth of information is sure to get you growing in the right direction.

Make the Most of Your Vet Appointment

  1. Be on time and have your horse caught and haltered. To maximize the time your vet can spend with you, please have your horse ready, especially if your horse is difficult to catch!
  2. Make sure your horse is clean enough for the vet to examine. Whether needing to look good for Coggins photos or facilitating preparation for procedures or vaccines, a clean horse is less likely to have negative reactions.
  3. Work with your horse and teach good manners. Not every horse enjoys a visit from the vet, but if it has basic manners things will go much more smoothly. Simple leading, trotting a straight line and the ability to stand quietly for temperature taking are imperative.
  4. Write down questions and concerns beforehand. Present your list at the start of the appointment. Large concerns that are forgotten until the end of the exam cannot be properly addressed at the end of the appointment.
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