We are thrilled to announce Dr. Sarah Bye has joined Foundation Equine Wellness and Performance from Unionville Equine Associates in Oxford, PA. Dr. Bye grew up on a farm in Bucks County with six miniature horses, three goats, two donkeys, and one thoroughbred gelding named Rocky. She drives her minis and Rocky occasionally gets her to attempt a training level event course. Cashew, her rescued cattle dog mix, loves to take Dr. Bye running and hiking when he can pull her away from work. A graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (go Hokies!), she has a special interest in lameness and sports medicine. Dr. Bye volunteered with the working equids in both Peru and Nicaragua while she was in veterinary school. Welcome, Dr. Bye!
She will begin taking appointments on Monday, August 6. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bye, please call the office at 609-291-0535 or click here.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
This summer has already been a hot one and we aren't even half way through it yet. Know the signs of heat stroke in horses and be vigilant.
Signs of heat stroke:
Temperature over 104.9F
Breathing through the mouth (instead of nose)
If you think your horse may be suffering from heat stroke, move him or her to the shade immediately and begin hosing the horse with cool water. NO ICE! Ice constricts the blood vessels and can actually cause body temperature to rise. Heat stroke is an emergency that requires veterinary attention. If you think your horse may be suffering from heat stroke, please call us immediately at 609-291-0535.
Preventing Heat Stroke
This summer seems like it's going to continue to be a hot one. Help your horses beat the heat with the following tips:
Make sure they always have a place to get out of the sun.
Make sure they have access to plenty of fresh, cool water.
Set up fans in such a way that horses can't access the electrical cables or the fans themselves. (Fans are great for bugs and heat!)
Do not work your horse during the afternoon (hottest part of the day.)
Do not transport horses during the heat of the day.
Do not keep horses in barns without airflow in the stalls.
Keep Your Horse on Track with a Wellness Program
Foundation Equine offers a Wellness Program designed to fit the basic annual needs of every horse. Although many horses need more care than is provided in this program, we believe that all our patients should receive at least the basic level of care provided by the Wellness Program. It includes:
Oral Exam and Float
Two (2) Fecal Exams
West Nile Virus Vaccine
Eastern and Western Encephalitis Vaccine
5% Discount on any other services used throughout the year
The services in the Wellness Program are offered at a 15% discount to those who join the program. Horses that compete, are older, or have specific medical issues will need more medical care, including additional vaccines, blood tests or other procedures. If you have questions about the Wellness Program or would like to sign your horse up, please call the office at 609-291-0535 or contact us through our website here.