As the weather changes, temperatures and humidity rise, and insects become more active, you’ll want to take extra precautions when caring for your horse. In an effort to ensure your gentle giant’s overall health, comfort, and well-being, your trusted equine veterinarian shares a few handy hints you can include in your wellness care routine this summer. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us for compassionate equine veterinary services in...more
Summer is here! That being said, as the weather continues to warms, now is the time to start thinking about all the things your canine and feline family members will need to enjoy a healthy, happy summer.
Today, your friends at Countryside Veterinary Services will share a handy checklist you can use to ensure your furry best friend’s seasonal health and wellness needs are met. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us today to schedule...more
February is National Dental Month, and we as a clinic have strived to use this time for education. Along with performing dental exams, we have also released videos on dental care, documented floats we’ve performed, and ensured that our customers knew how important it was that their horses receive yearly dental checkups. To close out the month, our equine doctors have...more
January is National Train Your Dog Month, and to celebrate, our doctors and techs have shared some advice that helped them train their own pets.more
Around the holidays, hundreds of animals are adopted from shelters and given new homes. Especially this year, with COVID-19 keeping people at home, the number of pets adopted from shelters has skyrocketed. At points, some shelters even reported that all of their pets had been adopted, leaving their cages empty. This has also led to an influx of first-time pet owners, so we asked our Veterinary Technicians to share some advice to help ease the...more
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and there are so many reasons why an older pet could be the perfect match for you. This month, we’ve decided to share two stories from our own staff members: Ashley and Jenn. Both Ashley and Jenn have senior dogs, but Ashley adopted hers as a senior while Jenn adopted hers as a puppy. We discussed the differences in their stories, along with the differences in each pup’s care, in order to demonstrate what...more
Halloween has become a holiday to celebrate not only with your children and friends but with your pets, as well. Many owners look forward to dressing up their pets and greeting trick-or-treaters at the front door with their four-legged family members right there to help.
To keep your pets as safe as possible this spooky season, there are a few things you should keep in mind, whether you plan to include your pets in your Halloween...more
Most owners consider their canines to be much more than companions, and to many people, these four-legged sources of joy and comfort are a part of the family. September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and the designation gives owners a chance to reflect on the environment and resources they’re providing for their pets and make adjustments if necessary.
Dr. Jennifer Coval, a small animal provider with Countryside Veterinary Services,...more
As many of you know, Dr Mary Peter has led the annual Christian Veterinary Mission trip to the Apache and Navajo reservations in July for the past 4 years. The team of veterinarians and veterinary students from across the country travel to these reservations in Arizona to provide veterinary care for the Native people and to share the gospel. The teams over the years, first led by Countryside’s founder Dr. Billy Myers, have made many friends...more
Pets are living longer than ever these days, and their teeth are an important factor in their quality of life as they age.
Dental care for dogs includes more than just cleanings. Since the majority of canine dental issues occur beneath the gumline, vets are on the lookout for issues that could affect tooth function and dogs’ ability to eat. And owners should be vigilant, too.more
Scoping can be a wonderful diagnostic tool, and it can aid in the treatment of a number of ailments. From airway pathology to gastric ulcers, this procedure can help vets head off emergencies and alleviate equine pain. So, what’s stopping so many owners from scoping?
The answer may be that so many of them still see scoping as a pricey procedure that can only take place at an emergency facility where they’d have to trailer in. For...more
Horses often join fruit and TVs to travel internationally
Most horse people will never have cause to board a treasured equine on a plane, let alone actually fly right along with it. But for a certain group of professionals, the ins and outs of getting thousands of pounds of horseflesh on and off a flying contraption are routine.
I thought it would be interesting to walk through the process of shipping a horse...more
Protect your horses - why Vaccinate?
At Countryside, we follow the core vaccination guidelines of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The AAEP considers these vaccines essential to maintaining the health and well being of the average horse and some are even necessary to safeguard human...more
If you’ve ever had a love for horses, you know it’s something you never outgrow. No matter how busy life may get, the love of riding never completely fades away. It’s not just the privilege of riding that we fall in love with, but the bond that we get to build with the horse.
This theory held true for Tracey Hogan who spent years watching her daughter take riding lessons at Chastain Horse Park. Deep down, Tracey just couldn’t shake the...more
A veterinarian’s work is never done.
We can guarantee that even our veterinarians dinner conversations and phone calls almost always revolve around their patients and clients. Their passion and love for animals is revealed through their dedication to solve a difficult case and their desire to be an advocate for those who cannot speak. That is why we admire our veterinarians and that is why they are everyday superheroes (minus the...more
At Countryside, we have the opportunity to work with amazing animals everyday. However, if you walk into the office while one of our working or service dogs are present, you can feel the additional pride and excitement amongst our staff. As Dr. Stancil states, "We get to give back to these amazing animals and help ensure that they get to work longer, healthier lives - that is something our staff is extremely proud of."
One hometown hero...more
Saying a horse will return to full athletic soundness after a navicular bursa infection is an extremely guarded prognosis. Dr. Carter was quick to let the owners know the severity of the situation revealing that “only 55% of horses are deemed sound and return to work if they recover from a navicular bursa infection." Lower limb infections are problematic - consider the location, the severity and the structures involved.more