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Client Appreciation Evening


By Nancy Brannon

It’s nice to be appreciated, so Equine Veterinary Services of Olive Branch, MS treated their clients and friends to dinner and demonstrations of their latest technology on September 16, 2014. There were a variety of product booths with samples, giveaways, and health care information for horses.

Representatives from Dark Horse Rescue and the Echo Foundation shared information about their projects. Many readers are familiar with the role that Dark Horse Rescue plays in rehabilitating rescued horses, and the ECHO Foundation utilizes horses to improve the lives of people.

Dr. Megan Hunt demonstrated the value and process of acupuncture on her own horse. She showed how she examines the horse, following the nerve channels, looking for problem areas that will indicate the points to apply acupuncture needles. “See where the horses are reactive,” she explained, indicated by a muscle twitch, moving away from the pressure. “Some horses are stoic about pain, so their reaction may be subtle: they may only turn their head or change the look in their eye,” or move their ear position, she explained. She reassured the squeamish about the extremely small size, and sterility, of the needles. “It’s a fairly non-invasive treatment,” she said, “and most don’t feel much with the needles are inserted.”

As the acupuncture needles are inserted, “look for signs of relaxation with the treatment,” she said. Her horse showed the usual “licking and chewing” behavior as the needles went in.

Additional stimulation can be done electronically by sending a small pulse through the needles. It gives an amplified response, but it’s not something she uses the first time on a horse. “I want the horses to like acupuncture and most horses really like it,” she said. The treatments last about 20-30 minutes. “When the horse gets antsy, they’re saying it’s time to stop the treatment.”

Dr. Keri Camp demonstrated the Pegasus laser therapy, while the Pegasus representative was available for further explanation about the technology. LASER is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.  Lasers emit light that is monochromatic (a single color or wavelength), coherent (in phase), and collimated (aligned/parallel). Laser has several biological effects in treatment: anti-inflammation, analgesic, accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, improved vascular activity, increased metabolic activity, stimulates acupuncture points, reduces formation of scar tissue, immunoregulation, and promotes faster would healing. Generally, patients who suffer from any combination of pain, inflammation or slow-healing wounds can benefit from laser therapy.

Attendees had the opportunity to win all kinds of prizes, from coffee thermoses to leg wrap kits. But the special attraction was a group of six puppies and their mom, who had been adopted from the Memphis Animal Shelter and are up for adoption to new homes. Who could resist a cute puppy face?

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