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March 2024: Best Equine Veterinary Care Practices Newsletter

Janelle Dempsey is a horsewoman rockstar with an incredible story.



Her story does NOT not include "magic" supplements, gadgets, or a "NEW" training method.

Her story DOES include fortitude and resilience with a recovery plan and support.


Janelle purchased Rex and knew she had to help him immediately:


1. She scheduled a lameness evaluation and wellness exam with us in July 2022. We took our time, looked at Rex holistically, from feet to ears, nose to tail, took radiographs and evaluated biomechanics, gait analysis and musculoskeletal issues -- and we came up with a plan.

2. Janelle first addressed Rex's nutrition.

3. Then she addressed his feet.

4. Then she GAVE HIM TIME OFF for his ulcers to heal and to adjust to his shoeing protocol.

5. When he was strong enough she started IN HAND WORK to build and encourage relaxation over his topline. Horses have to be taught now to do this.


 THIS WORK TOOK OVER A YEAR!!!


But look at where Rex is today. His recheck was this last week and we have nothing but glowing compliments for Janelle. She will trail ride him this spring and summer.   


Janelle is more than Rex's owner, she is his HERO. She didn't give up. She stayed the course, trusted us, trusted Rex and DID THE WORK!


Thank you Janelle. YOU are INCREDIBLE!


colic care plan: affordable care when your horse is in crisis



We understand how scary colic can be. Affording an ER visit should be the least of your conerns. That's why we created a Colic Care Plan for our clients. If your horse needs ER colic care, call us and we will take 1/2 down for the visit and then stretch out the remaining balance over 12 months at only $44/month.


Colic Care Plan Includes:

  •  Emergency Farm Call Fee (Oregon clients only)

  •  Emergency Colic Exam & Procedure

  •  Banamine Paste

  • 10% off pet & livestock care as well when enrolled in a Care Plan!

  • 10% off rejuvenative equine therapy packages when enrolled in a Care Plan!

Please call us the instant you suspect your horse is having tummy trouble. You can can add Colic Care to any of our other Equine Care Plans as well! You'll find the best in veterinary care available at a price point that works with your budget. Equine, Senior, Performance, Broodmare AI & Foal, we've got you covered. Call Tori at 541-636-1191 today and she'll get you signed up!


leave a message! seriously...


For some reason folks have been calling and not leaving messages. We can see each call that comes in. If you don't leave a message we can't help you! If you call and leave a message Tori will get back to you urgently if it is urgent, and within 24 hours if it isn't.



Dog Wounds: When Veterinary Care is Essential



Some dog wounds can be treated at home, but others need prompt veterinary attention. Situations that need immediate veterinary care include:


🚑 Animal bites - These very commonly develop nasty infections.

🚑 Dogs exhibiting rapid/shallow breathing.

🚑 Severe bleeding

🚑 Wounds with foreign material

🚑 Injuries around eyes or head


These injuries may indicate life-threatening conditions and dogs should be taken to Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center immediatley.


CALIFORNIA EQUINE WELLNESS CLINICS


Intern Anika Wulff practicing taking vitals on Andria's mare.

We have two California Equine Wellness Clinics Coming up in Montague and Fort Jones. Be sure to get on our books!


Saturday, March 16th, 9 a.m. - 6  p.m.


Ralph's Arena


3018 Montague Grenada Rd,


Montague, CA, 96064



Saturday, April 13th, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Mill Creek Ranch Horse & Rider Confidence Courses


11601 Quartz Valley Road


Fort Jones, CA 96032



Wellness exams, vaccines, dentals, x-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, laser, physiotherapy, podiatry, coggins, health certs? We've got you covered. Urgent care needs? We can do that too. 


No farm call fee. We are happy to see your pets as well!


Call 541-636-1191 and our receptionist, Tori, will get you scheduled. By appointment only. No drop ins.


high school internship program



We have two high school interns learning from us this spring, Hannah Veach and Anika Wullf. Here Dr. Massie is teaching Hannah how to draw blood safely and effectively on his horse, Beau. Do you know of a horse crazy kid that would like to learn the ins and outs of becoming an equine veterinary assistant? Check out our high school internship program.


do you still see pets and livestock?


Any pet or livestock client with a current exam on record during 2023 is still active in our system and we are happy to serve you in 2024 and beyond if we see your animal annually. Going forward we will only see NEW pets and livestock for established equine households. When equine clients switch their pets and livestock over to our clinic you will receive 10% off their annual exams. Folks love that we can come to their farm and see every animal on the property! You can also bring them to the clinic as well.


🚨 farm calls & House calls: when there's a delay🚨


Our policy for scheduled ambulatory appointments is to expect a 2 hour leeway on either side of your appointment. You may need to be rescheduled to to an emergency on either side of your appointment time. Most large animal clients understand this policy, as it is standard practice throughout large animal practice. This also goes for scheduled end of life care. If there is a delay, we will notify you as quickly as we possibly can. If you do not hear from us by the start of your appointment time it may mean that we are out of service, or Tori is on the phone. One of our staff will get in touch with you as quickly as possible to let you know our estimated time of arrival.


are you using your petportal?

Access your pet's information in one place. Keep track easily of your pet's prescriptions, vaccines, reminders and appointments. Schedule actual appointments in a couple of clicks. Confirm, cancel or reschedule as easily.

MyPetsWellness automatically notifies you of your pet's prescriptions or vaccine reminders. You can easily refill prescriptions, request health certificates, schedule appointments. Available on GooglePlay or Apple.



Equine fitness coaching & bodywork with Andria



Andria is our equine physiotherapist. Her extensive experience as a trainer and equine bodyworker helps Dr. Massie evaluate our patients' posture, gait abnormalities, muscular and soft tissue tension, and behavioral manifestations of pain. She uses a variety of equine bodywork modalities for horses that are sore, tight or stiff from either normal workload or underlying causes and who may be exhibiting discomfort or irritability. Our bodywork practices include non-invasive massage therapy, trigger point therapy, spinal manipulation, and musculoskeletal, soft tissue, and cranial sacral adjustments. 


Work with Andria one-on-one through a series of in-hand or in-saddle equine fitness sessions to uncover physical restrictions your horse may be facing when attempting to move freely. Andria will provide you with a plan you can work on together to help your horse return to unrestricted movement. Call Tori today at 541-636-1191 to schedule your bodywork and equine fitness coaching session with Andria and uncover what may be holding you and your horse back!


Equine Care Plans


We've designed equine care plans to help you provide the best in equine veterinary care all year round. Whether your horse is a weekend warrior, a savvy senior or a performance Simply pay for 1/2 of your annual exam and then we bill you the other 1/2 in low cost monthly installments. Broodmare AI and Colic plans available as well. All feature optional add-on services as well! Starting as low as $27/month one of our plans is sure to fit your budget. You will also receive 10% off all pet services and regenerative medicine therapy packages when enrolled in a care plan. Call Tori today at 541-636-1191 to schedule your annual wellness exam and get enrolled!



latest blog: Manure Management as a Component of Equine Wellness and Health



Managing manure might not be the most enjoyable part of a horse owner’s job, but it's an unavoidable aspect of horse maintenance. If you run a horse farm, you must be familiar with the daily challenge of dealing with manure. In this blog article I share tips and tricks for how to reduce the risk of disease with manure management.



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Thank you and as always, reach out to us with any questions you may have by calling Tori at 541-636-1191 or emailing reception@massievet.com





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