Research highlights the dangers of concussions in young athletes

  In a recent article in Scientific American, Robert Cantu and Chris Nowinksi, directors of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalophathy, explain that concussions that occur doing sports practices are often missed or misdiagnosed. However, concussions sustained during competition may be more likely to be diagnosed thanks to the presence of a trained professional, such as an EMT, who can […] Continue Reading

The Pre-Purchase exam

Its that time of year! The holidays! and with the holidays come ponies under the tree : Have you scheduled your pre purchase evaluation for that special gift? Now is the time to do so. The pre purchase generally takes 1-3 hours depending on the extent of the exam. I always recommend a full physical, lameness, neurological exam as well […] Continue Reading

Laminitis in the horse

Laminitis is one word no horse owner ever wants to hear, for that matter veterinarians never want to say it either. It is one of the most difficult and frustrating, following no text book in any given horse, type of condition that many have had to deal with in some form or another. What is laminitis ? It is a […] Continue Reading

Lympangitis

I recently had to put down a horse with this condition and so I thought it would be worth the effort to discuss this with you as clients.  It is a condition that is frustrating to treat and heartbreaking to watch the horse go through. Lympangitis is an infection in the lymphatic system. It tends to be recurrent and most […] Continue Reading

Colic

COLIC If you are a horse owner you will at one point most likely encounter an episode of colic with your horse.   Maybe its the high temperatures and high humidity but it seems to be a high number of colic cases especially in my older patients recently. Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be […] Continue Reading

Equine Vaccination in Orange County

Equine Vaccination in Orange County Schedule for the summer is as follows: San Juan Capistrano ( includes all stables and private residences) : Monday July 17th Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa: Tuesday July 11 Anaheim and Orange Park Acres: Monday July 17th San Juan Capistrano ( includes all stables and private residences) : Monday July 17th Serrano Creek and Nellie Gail : Tuesday July 18 Coto […] Continue Reading

Horses and the hot weather of Orange County

 How Hot is too hot for you horse? COASTAL VETERINARY MEDICINE INC Silvia M. Colladay DVM For all of the fun that the summer sun brings, hot weather poses a big challenge to the horse (and its owner).  Simply stated, horses really aren’t hot weather creatures, and working them in the heat of the day can cause some big risks. When it […] Continue Reading

Equine X-rays in San Juan Capistrano CA

It was a fun day with Dr. Silvia Colladay taking radiographs on this beautiful horse at Sycamore stables in San Juan Capistrano, CA.   First the vet checks the heart before giving the  horse a sedative Every horse considering size and demeanor are very different this horse was very easy going and didn’t need much. It usually take 3-5 minutes […] Continue Reading

Equine dental x-rays at Sycamore Equestrian Center

Why is it necessary to X-ray a horse’s teeth? Oral examinations only show approximately one-tenth of the horse’s tooth. Sedation can help the doctor hold the mouth open longer to use light, digital camera, visual and physical examinations, However with 90% of most teeth not being visible there are many things that can not be seen with an x ray. […] Continue Reading

Geriatric Horse check up at the age of 35 in Orange County

Geriatric Horse check ups generally are done more than an adult horse’s annual check-up   Listening to your horses heart This is done with a stethoscope and should be listened to on both the left and right side of a horses chest just behind the elbow. Normal heart rate in a horse is 30-45 beats per minute. Normal respiratory rate […] Continue Reading

Floating Teeth On Two Donkeys in Laguna Canyon Today

Floating teeth on donkeys is similar to horses except… It is the same except their personalities!  It’s always fun to see donkeys! In the equine world they are pound for pound stronger than a horse and generally seem to have more self preservation as well…which is also why they are generally more stubborn too.  First the doctor will sedate them. […] Continue Reading

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