June: A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome to Dr. Katharine White, DVM We are pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Katharine (Katy) White to Swiftsure Equine Veterinary Services. Dr. Katy has accepted a permanent position, and will be joining the practice in July, adding enthusiasm and expertise to our growing team. Dr. Katy just completed a rigorous and well-respected […]

April: Mesotherapy

April Case of the Month and Featured Treatment: Mesotherapy Mesotherapy is a pain-relieving therapy which can be used for horses with back pain that has not been sufficiently controlled by other means. The therapy consists of many small injections into the middle and deeper layers of the skin of local anesthetic, steroid and other pain-modulating […]

March: PRP In Action

March Case of the Month: PRP In Action Sam’s owner noticed some new swelling on the outside of his left hind fetlock, that was persisting longer than a week or two. Now bumps and scrapes, heat and swelling, were common findings on Sam, but this swelling was a little different in that it stayed quite […]

February: Our First Spring Foals!

February Case of the Month: Our First Spring Foals! Spring came a little early for one farm when a couple of their mares had foals on February 14th and 16th. The mares, along with 2 other horses were rescued from a large herd in Saskatchewan. At the time of their arrival last fall, it was […]

January: PRP and Shockwave

January Case of the Month: PRP & Shockwave Trinity is a 16 year old Warmblood mare who came up lame on her left forelimb this fall. At that time an injury to the annular ligament at the fetlock was identified by ultrasound examination. Initially Trinity was treated with rest and a light rehabilitation program, but […]

December: Navicular Cyst

December Case of the Month: Navicular Cyst Molly became lame in her right front foot. She has had inconsistent lameness in that hoof previously that was managed with diligent care of her hoof angles, toe length and heel height. This time however, despite the appropriate farriery, she became and remained lame. Nerve blocks, numbing the […]

November: A Great Smile

November Case of the Month: Neil – A Great Smile Neil is a miniature stallion who was purchased by his current owner this summer. Nothing is known about his previous dental history, and when a brief oral exam was performed this fall, he was noted to have a “smile mouth”. A smile mouth is a […]

October: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

October Case of the Month: “Reginald” – A Stressful Stomach Reggie is a 10-year old warmblood gelding used for dressage and pleasure riding. This past summer, Reggie’s workload increased, and his owner and leasor starting taking him off the property to go to lessons and to horseshows. Reggie tries very hard for his people, but […]

September: PPID Awareness

September Case of the Month – PPID Awareness If “PPID Awareness Month” existed, it would be September! Pituitary Pars Intermedius Dysfunction (PPID) is becoming a common condition affecting our aging horse population.  PPID is caused by changes in neuro-signalling of the Pituitary Pars Intermedius, increasing the amount of the hormone ACTH produced and released into the […]

August – Staff Changes

August Case of the Month – Staff Changes This month, the Swiftsure Equine team said goodbye to one of our valuable staff members and are welcoming two new part-time veterinary assistants. Our full-time veterinary assistant Loranda has gone off to college! Loranda recently was accepted into Olds College for their Farrier Science program. Loranda has […]