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Lameness Exams

With performance horses, lameness is one of the most common issues confronting horse owners. Determining the underlying cause of pain is our goal. This approach is not always straight forward and may involve many steps. A typical lameness begins with a detailed history, followed by a general exam focused on the limbs. The veterinarian then evaluates the horse's gait while being exercised in hand. A series of limb flexions is performed to help isolate the affected area. Generally some form of local anesthetic (ie, nerve blocks and/or joint block) is attempted. Lastly imaging such as ultrasound or radiographs is completed. The end result should be a diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. A relevant saying:

Without a diagnosis...
Surgery is trauma
Medicine is poison
And alternative treatments are witchcraft.

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Thank you Dr. Black for the thorough pre-purchase exam of the newest member of our family! As always you answered all of our questions and the staff is fantastic! We look forward to many happy years with our animals and appreciate your care and expertise!!

- The Pollock Family
Omaha, NE

Office Hours

Monday8 am5 pm
Tuesday8 am5 pm
Wednesday8 am5 pm
Thursday9 am5 pm
Friday8 am5 pm
SaturdayCall for APPTER ONLY
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8 am 8 am 8 am 9 am 8 am Call for APPT ER ONLY
5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm 5 pm ER ONLY ER ONLY