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Acupuncture

Acupuncture for a Sick Horse

Typically, I would not choose acupuncture for a sick horse as my first line of defense.  We have excellent drugs, like antibiotics and anti-inflammatories that have been known to save lives. During a course lecture for “Evidence Based Acupuncture” I … Continue reading

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The Joys of Treating an Older Horse

As the owner of several geriatric horses, I know first hand how endearing owning an “oldie” can really be.  A swayed back, a droopy lip, a greyed face, a missing eye are charming qualities that become all the more sweet … Continue reading

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Customer Service

Equine SOS

The phone rings. We have just finished laughing about the squirrel outside our window that we have named “Nutty,” guarding his tree from fellow wildlife. We answer. On the other end of the receiver is a teary voice, indicating that … Continue reading

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Can You Hear What the Client is Saying?

Every year the Customer Service Representatives (CSR) from all of our practices get together for a CSR training day. We discuss topics like emergency situations, how to handle different types of calls, how to respond to certain questions and how to provide the best service we can. Continue reading

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Day in the Life with Dr. Dubé

The Power of Cold

The young equestrians have just headed back to school, and the chill is starting to come in the morning air now. The schedule has lightened a little since a few weeks ago when all of the vets in the Newmarket … Continue reading

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Spring Musings With Dr. Dubé-Collum

With the last couple of months flying by, what was meant to be the April/May blog has now become the late spring blog! With April comes heavy herd health season for us at McKee Pownall, and one of the main … Continue reading

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Equine Chiropractic

Veterinarian or Chiropractor- What hat will I wear today?

I want to start today by thanking our clients- I have been intensely gratified by the interest in chiropractic care for your animals and the enthusiastic response that Dr Surasky and I have received now that we are certified practitioners. … Continue reading

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Animal Chiropractors – Are they all the same?

Well,  final examinations are now over for the 5 week long Animal Chiropractic course that myself and Dr. McKee have been attending.  I am sad that it is over, since the wealth of knowledge and passion the instructors possessed was … Continue reading

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Equine Dentistry

The Fear of Power

“The power float cut the inside of my horse’s mouth and there was blood everywhere!”.  “My horse wouldn’t eat for days after power floating!”.  “Power floats remove too much and kill the teeth!”.  “Power floats cause heat damage and kill … Continue reading

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Dentistry: Don’t Forget the Little Guy!

Equine dentistry can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of veterinary medicine.  These days many veterinarians have special training in dentistry and several have devoted their practice exclusively to the subject.  As an associate at McKee-Pownall Equine … Continue reading

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Geriatric Care

Geriatric Care

At this time of year I find myself having many conversations with clients about what to do for older horses that have a difficult time maintaining their weight during the winter.  This is a pretty common problem among horses 18+ … Continue reading

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Horse Health Care

Finding Nutritional Value!

This past year, McKee-Pownall has started doing nutrition consultations for patients with specific medical or performance issues.  We’ve found it to be very helpful to provide some medical guidance for our clients and patients, and rewarding to work together with … Continue reading

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Head it Off at the Pass- Preventative Preparations for Show Season

As we prepare for show season, most riders think of extra lessons, fitting up their eventers with conditioning programs and trailering in to school at different arenas and venues and buying new accessories and gear. As a vet, my perspective is a little different, as I think of the ramped up work load as an extra stress/strain on joints and muscles, vaccination, deworming, nutrition and dental floating. Just as people are getting geared up for bikini season with extra training sessions and if we’re lucky, a new wardrobe, so are our horsey companions. However, they aren’t getting prepped to lay on a sandy beach with a cold beer, they’re getting ready to work harder in the summer heat! Continue reading

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Looking Back and Looking Forward with Drs. McKee and Pownall

July Is Vet Anniversary Month

July is the time of year at McKee-Pownall where we celebrate a lot of work anniversaries for our veterinarians. We typically hire new veterinarians after they complete a one-year internship following their graduation from veterinary college. Internships in North America … Continue reading

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Challenges of Supplying Medications

With the advent of online pharmacies in the US, as veterinarians, we are often asked why we don’t carry a certain product, or why prices are sometimes higher in Canada than what is advertised on a US online pharmacy. The simple answer is that Canada and the US do not share drug approval systems; so what is available and approved in the US may not be approved for use in Canada and vice versa. Also the product manufacturers often have separate Canadian and US divisions or suppliers. Believe it or not we share these same frustrations and often ask our suppliers these same questions. Continue reading

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Reflecting with Dr. Markey

A weekend on call – The first rule of on call is WE DON’T TALK ABOUT ON-CALL

People are often asking me about our On-Call emergency service and what that is like as a vet. What does it look like when you are on call? Do you have to stay at the clinic? Do you have help … Continue reading

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What is Equitation Science and Why Should We Care?

Equitation Science is the study of horse behaviour and welfare in an objective, science-based manner. Research spans topics from riding and competing to “the other 23 hours”. I attended my first International Society of Equitation Sciences conference this past month … Continue reading

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Road to the 2015 Pan Am Games

Veterinarians keeping horses hydrated at Pan Am Games

Excerpt from the article in the Caledon Enterprise written by Matthew Strader talking to  veterinary Service Manager for the Games, Dr. Mike Pownall. Talk baseball, and it’s Tommy John. Hockey? Groins. On the track, it’s always the hammy. Every sport … Continue reading

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Photo Album of the 2015 Pan Am Games: Equestrian Portion

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