What does it mean to be a specialist?

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Veterinary medicine has changed in recent years with more practitioners choosing to become board certified in a specific area of practice. This allows us to have a more precise focus in one particular area like surgery or medicine. Steinbeck Country

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The Great Vaccine Debate

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Annual vaccinations are a large part of our preventative health strategy here at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic. As your veterinarian we are happy to be one of your main sources of information concerning your horse’s health and vaccines.

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American Association of Equine Practitioners: Vaccination Guidelines

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These guidelines are intended to be a reference for veterinarians who utilize vaccines in their respective practices. They are neither regulations nor directives and should not be interpreted as such. It is the responsibility of attending veterinarians, through an appropriate veterinarian-client-patient relationship, to utilize relevant information coupled with product availability to determine optimal health care programs for their patients.

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Silicosis in Horses

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In the scenic foothills of the Central coast of California, there lurks a quiet problem that can lead to severe disease in our horses. Commonly known as ‘chalk rock’, this dusty rock form can cause an irreversible lung condition known as silicosis.

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Pigeon Fever

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“Pigeon Fever” is a disease about which horse owners in Central California should be aware. Pigeon fever is caused by a gram positive bacterium called Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis. This bacterium is found in the soil and is thought to be transmitted to horses by flies feeding on abrasions or small wounds already present in the skin.

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The Equine Heart (Part 2): Common Cardiac Disease

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Horse owners have probably all experienced “heart” in a favorite horse, that indefinable quality that makes certain horses stand out. In the article The Equine Heart: Part 1, we examined the remarkable abilities of the equine heart, and its role in making horses superior athletes. In this article, we will examine some of the more common cardiac problems found in horses.

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The Equine Heart (Part 1): What Makes the Horse Such an Amazing Athlete?

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Without a doubt, one of the most awe-inspiring things about our equine companions is their remarkable athleticism. Their sheer power, grace, and refinement of movement have captivated the imagination of people throughout history. But beyond the sinew and muscle and bone of these intricate machines is a power plant unequalled in any other creature: the equine heart.

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome in Adult Horses

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is prevalent in our equine population and can be a cause of suboptimal performance and behavioral issues. It has been estimated that approximately one to two thirds of adult horses have gastric ulcers depending on level of work and management practices.

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“EGUS”: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

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How many of you can think back to vague signs in your horse including intermittent colic, poor performance, changes in attitude, poor hair coat or poor body condition? It may be worth looking into EGUS or Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome in your horse.

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Cresty Necks and Laminitis: Equine Endocrinology Part I

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The two main endocrinologic concerns in horses are equine Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome. These disorders are increasing in prevalence as our equine population is better cared for and living longer. These disorders can have two main similarities: 1) insulin resistance 2) the potentially devastating possibility of laminitis. It is important to understand the signs of insulin resistance and be able to effectively manage these horses to decrease the risk of laminitis.

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