Rocky Bay Equine Newsletter, October 2016
New Hours of Operation for RBE
Expanded Office Hours

A big "thank you!" to everyone who submitted input to our client survey.... We are listening!  Now, by popular request, we've expanded our regular office hours.  Besides the usual weekday 9 to 5, we are now open 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.   We'll have someone in the office the full day on Saturday.  On Sunday the answering service will field calls, but we will offer regular appointments from 9 to 2.  Plus, as you already know, RBE is always available, 24 / 7 to help you with any pesky emergencies that come up.

Rocky Bay Equine, Anatomy Clinic I               COMING UP OCTOBER 15TH
Anatomy and conditions of the forelimb

When:   October 15th, 9 AM to 12 PM
Where:  Rocky Bay Equine Hospital,  12604 189th Avenue KPN, Gig Harbor, WA
Cost:      FREE, but you must sign up to attend.  Light refreshments provided.
              C all now to reserve your spot  (253) 858-4529  

Learn about anatomy and common conditions associated with the equine front limb, including conformation variations and common lameness issues. 

In this 3 hour, "hands on" clinic we'll cover the topographic anatomy of the front limb and and how to evaluate normal and abnormal variations on a live horse.  We'll get right down to the nitty gritty dissecting cadaver specimens. Among other things, you'll learn how the appendicular skeleton supports the ligaments, tendons & muscles of the leg.  We'll also spend some time evaluating hoof structure and function.  Don't miss this great opportunity to really appreciate the magnificent design of the horse's primary weight bearing structures, the forelimbs.

LEPTOSPIROSIS, new vaccine available

Leptospirosis: What is it and will the new vaccine protect my horse?
Jennifer Allen, DVM

As we rapidly approach autumn and say goodbye to summer, it's a good time to prepare our four legged friends for routine fall vaccines and wellness exams.  There is a new (2015) vaccine on the market that you may have heard of called Lepto EQ Innovator, produced by Zoetis.  The vaccine was developed to aid in the prevention of Leptospirosis in the horse.

LEPTOSPIROSIS is a zoonotic (can be transferred between animals and humans) spirochete bacterium that is distributed across the world, but is concentrated in areas with higher rainfall. In the horse it is known for causing recurrent uveitis (moon blindness), abortion, renal failure, and occasionally systemic disease.  The bacterium is transmitted to the horse from standing water, soil, bedding, feed or drinking water that is contaminated with urine shed from an animal that is a carrier or host for the leptospira organism.  Leptospira live in various host mammals including skunks, raccoons, white tailed dear, and opossums, all of which can shed the bacteria via urine. All of these mammals live in the PNW and are often in shared environments with our horses.  The horse contracts the bacterium through mucous membranes or pre-existing wounds.  The bacterium then congregates and persists in the eyes, kidneys, and in the female reproductive tract, supporting the pathological presentations of uveitis, nephritis and abortion in the horse. 

EQUINE RECURRENT UVEITIS (ERU) has been a persistent issue in horses and we have seen multiple cases of it lately. It is the most common cause of impaired vision and blindness in horses and leptospirosis is one of the initiating factors. If left untreated or caught too late ERU, can lead to catastrophic eye pathologies including glaucoma.  We submit a blood sample from horses with ERU to be tested for leptospirosis because it will influence our treatment plans and because roughly 70% of all ERU cases are associated with leptospirosis.

Although the Zoetis equine vaccine has only been on the market for a year, it has been shown to be safe and effective for preventing or minimizing disease and for decreasing risk of horse to horse transmission via bacterial shedding in the urine. It is well worth considering adding this vaccine to the vaccination protocol for your horse.  We are now stocking Lepto EQ Innovator and we're happy to discuss its use for your particular horse and management conditions. Whenever you see Dr. Bo, Dr. Crystal, or myself at your barn please feel free to ask us about it, we are happy to answer any questions!


REFLECTIONS on my first month at Rocky Bay Equine

"Thank you all for such a warm welcome to the PNW! I have fully enjoyed my first few weeks here at Rocky Bay Equine getting to know the area and beginning to meet a few of your equine, alpaca, and goat companions! I am so fortunate to have chosen a career I love because every day is a great day and always a fun adventure. Washington is a beautiful place and I am excited to explore the vast trails this location has to offer—any suggestions or favorite hikes, let me know! For those of you I have yet to meet I am looking forward to getting to know you and your four legged critters over the up and coming months."    –Dr. Jen  
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