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Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Download Our App Today!

For anyone who hasn’t tried our new app please take a moment to download it and check it out! You can request appointments, supply requests and call us all at the click of a button!! Download here: App Store Address: UEA App Play Store Address: UEA App Play Store

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Equine Chiropractic Session with Dr. Patricia Blakeslee

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Equine Chiropractic Session with Dr. Patricia Blakeslee

Equine Chiropractic Session with Dr. Patricia Blakeslee Posted in Expert Interviews By Callie On April 3, 2015 We ask a lot of our horses – both mentally and physically, and in order for our horses to give us their best performance – whether that performance is a clean show jumping round or a few steady hours on the trail, we need to take care of them. This is where body work can come in, helping horses get more comfortable and move more freely. The term body work encompasses a number of alternative treatments, from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage and myofascial release. Using different types of body work can help with major medical situations, such as recovering from an injury, but these techniques can also be very useful for horses that “just aren’t right.” Those times you feel something is wrong when you are riding, but may not be able to exactly pinpoint the problem. That’s why I called Dr. Patricia Blakeslee of Unionville Equine Associates to work on Bandit. Dr. Blakeslee is an equine chiropractor and acupuncturist, as well as a veterinarian. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 27 years and has been adjusting horses as a chiropractor for 18 years. Body work and specifically, equine chiropractic work, is often viewed with skepticism and perhaps some misunderstanding, especially within the medical community. Dr. Blakeslee explains the theory and science behind using chiropractic work on horses as well as points out where some of the misunderstanding occurs. * The rest of Bandit’s session with Dr. Blakeslee, as well as several other videos on Equine Body Work are available in Training Journals. If you are already a member, log in to view them. If you are not yet a member, Click Here to start a Free Trial. **If you are a local reader and are interested in having Dr. Blakeslee work on your horse,visit her website or call her office at 610-932-6800. See you in the comments,...

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Check out our new app!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Check out our new app!

Check out our new app!!! You can request appointments, supply requests and call us all at the click of a button!!   Download here:   App Store Address: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uea./id1070970909? ls=1&mt=8 Play Store Address: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details? id=com.vet2pet.aid220830...

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Squeeze:  A new technique saves a young life

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Squeeze:  A new technique saves a young life

A 2-day old colt was brought to UEA for surgical repair of a scrotal hernia. The foal did fairly well after birth until the colic episode from a scrotal hernia. Upon presentation, he showed mild signs of Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome (NMS), or “Dummy Foal Syndrome”.  Although general anesthesia is statistically riskier in very young foals than in adult horses, the emergency hernia repair surgery is potentially life-saving. After weighing the risks and benefits, our surgical team decided to proceed with surgery, which went successfully. The very weak foal upon recovery from general anesthesia However due to the NMS, the foal experienced difficulty recovering from anesthesia.  After 3 hours of medically supporting the still depressed foal, we decided to give The Madigan Foal Squeeze a try. The procedure is a technique that has shown beneficial effects as an adjunctive therapy for treatment of Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome. It has been studied more rigorously in the last several years. The 20-minute procedure entails application of external pressure on the foal’s rib cage through a tight rope. Ongoing research hypothesizes that this pressure contributes to a decrease in the level of a neurosteroid, allopregnanolone, which helps maintain a sleep-state in utero. The procedure requires minimal equipment and personnel and has anecdotally shown success through other practitioners. (Photo from “UC Davis Today”, see link below) Although no immediate changes were seen, overnight the colt’s mentation and activity level showed improvement. By the next morning, the foal was still unable to stand so we decided to try a second round of The Madigan Squeeze for a longer duration. Again no immediate changes were observed, but the colt’s breathing pattern started to improve steadily and the foal was discharged to the care of its primary veterinarian. Approximately 6 hours after the second squeeze, the primary veterinarian reported the colt stood and nursed the mare unassisted. He has since continued to make dramatic improvement with minimal nursing care. This success story certainly gave us a boost of confidence! Dr. Madigan and his team at the University of California-Davis are continuing to research the beneficial effects of this procedure, which potentially could be a cost-effective adjunctive therapy to treating “dummy foals”. The happy foal approximately 6 hours after The Madigan Foal Squeeze Procedure! For more information of The Madigan Foal Squeeze Procedure, please visit: http://ucdavis.edu/ucdavis-today/2015/february/03-foals.html...

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Are you interested in seeing what actually happens during a chiropractic adjustment?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Are you interested in seeing what actually happens during a chiropractic adjustment?

Watch Dr. Blakeslee perform an adjustment here. Click Here  

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Adam To The Rescue!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in News | Comments Off on Adam To The Rescue!

  Adam To The Rescue!  What do you do when you have a badly injured horse at the clinic who does not do well when he is alone?  Why you bring in Adam, an older Welsh       pony to be his companion.  Midnight is a black Missouri Foxtrotter who somehow sustained a puncture wound into critical structures in his left hind hoof.  He was non-weight bearing and very stressed to be away from home.  His astute owner of many years knew that that added stress was not going to help him have the strength to beat this life threatening injury.  Enter Adam….  He is a very intelligent 31 year old pony who took several children through their pony club levels and safely navigated the hunt field with several more.  When we introduced Midnight and Adam, I was expecting the usual squeal and strike from one or both of them to establish dominance as both could be top “dog” in their homes.  Instead, they sniffed noses and then Adam looked over Midnight observing the bulky bandage on his rear hoof.  He then nosed Midnight gently as if to say everything was going to be all right.  They were the best of friends during the 2 weeks of Midnight’s stay at our clinic.  Adam seemed to instinctively know that his job was to take care of Midnight.  When the weather was bad and Midnight was confined to a stall, Adam would stay right outside the door under the overhang (he would never do this at home).  The culmination of Adam’s loyalty was demonstrated when Midnight progressed enough to have a hospital plate placed.  The decision was made to have glue on shoes placed on both hind feet with the left hind being a removable hospital plate.  Unfortunately, even though Midnight was much improved at the walk, he was unable to bear full weight on the injured hoof long enough to apply the shoe.  We decided to sling him while sedated to get enough time with the hoof off of the ground to let the glue dry.  To add to the stress of that day, it was raining that morning.  Midnight knew something was up and did not want to leave Adam….so along he came into our surgical wing where there is a winch.  Larry the farrier applied the hospital plate with minimal difficulty but Midnight was unable to stand long enough on the injured hoof for the glue to dry on the other.  We took Midnight into the recovery stall where the winch is and put the sling on him.  After some sedation, we were able to lift his back end high enough for Larry to apply the other shoe.  It was a monumental effort from everyone to keep Midnight steady.  Meanwhile we had just left Adam to wander about the area. No one noticed that Adam had entered the recovery stall on his own and was quietly standing guard over Midnight.  He did not leave his side the entire time even though both stall doors were open.  Adam is truly a special pony. He came back a few weeks later under similar circumstances for another lonely horse with serious hoof issues. Due to the wet weather, the gelding was stall bound with Adam in an adjacent paddock.  Every time Adam wandered out of view, the horse would call and then Adam would return to stand by the door.   It is easy to concentrate on the medical or surgical treatment of an issue, but Adam reminded us that healing happens best in a minimally stressful environment and that companionship...

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