Strengthen the Bond with Your Horse Equine Vet Care in DeRidder, LA

You and your horse have an unbreakable bond. Yet, that bond can weaken when your horse is in pain or not feeling their best. As work and performance animals, their physical and mental health is essential for them to do their jobs to the best of their ability. At both of our locations, we are able to offer basic care for horses as well as house call visits. For more advanced equine care, we have our equine veterinarian, Dr. Lacey, at Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA.

Our Equine Vet Services

Dr. Lacey is particularly skilled in sports medicine for performance horses, and she also offers a range of other equine services. Our aim is to keep horses well, but if they do become ill or injured, we have the tools and experience to help them be well again. Rehabilitation for horses heavily relies on joint and alternative therapies, as these services help to alleviate some of the most common problems horses face.

Annual wellness care is essential to preserving your horse’s health. At Hayes Veterinary Hospital, we work to prevent illness with vaccinations, annual wellness exams, and more.

A wellness exam may include any of the following:

  • Complete nose-to-tail physical exam checking for lumps, bumps, swelling, areas of soreness, and more
  • Vaccinations, according to your horse's specific vaccine program, which may include Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, West Nile virus, tetanus, rabies, equine influenza, herpes virus, and more
  • Body condition score
  • Soundness/lameness exams
  • Hoof testing
  • Palpation and flexion test
  • Gastrointestinal exam (listening with a stethoscope for intestinal health)
  • Dental exam (checking gums and teeth for any problems)
  • Hand floating (smoothing dangerous and painful edges from your horse's constantly erupting teeth)
  • Eye exam
  • Fecal exam to test for intestinal parasites
  • Laboratory testing for piroplasmosis, EPM, and other bloodborne pathogens 

At Hayes Veterinary Hospital, we are certified as a Coggins lab. A Coggins test measures the level of antibodies a horse has against equine infectious anemia virus (EIA). Once a horse is infected with EIA, they remain infected for life. EIA is rare but incurable and there is no available vaccine. The virus is spread through the blood and transferred by biting insects like horseflies. A negative Coggins test is required wherever horses are in large groups including racetracks, shows, boarding stables, trail rides, and more.

Dr. Lacey has extensive experience in reproductive care for horses including neonatal medicine. She performs:

  • Breeding management of mares
  • Reproductive soundness exams of mares and stallions
  • Fertility evaluations in mares
  • Semen evaluation in stallions
  • Vaccines, nutritional counseling, and blood screening for broodmares
  • Neonatal care for foals (complete physical exam 12-24 hours after birth)
  • Embryo flushing
  • Embryo transfer bullets
  • And more

Performance horses are particularly prone to joint soreness and injury. With joint therapy, we’re able to block the pain caused by the affected joint as well as decrease inflammation and protect the cartilage. When properly prescribed and administered, joint injections can prolong a horse’s work life and improve their overall quality of life. Primarily, joint therapy is used for horses with arthritis, but it is useful for many conditions or injuries that cause inflammation and pain in the joints.

We offer multiple joint therapy modalities including:

  • Lameness exam
  • Local anesthesia
  • Intra-articular injections
  • Mesotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography

In addition to joint therapy, Dr. Lacey also offers a range of alternative therapies that can help ease discomfort and improve your horse’s performance and quality of life. These include:

  • Acupuncture (the insertion of fine needles into certain acupressure points around the body)
  • Electrotherapy (using electrical pulses to stimulate physiological changes that reduce inflammation and pain)
  • Chiropractic (spinal manipulation used to treat neck or back pain, joint stiffness, altered gait and other signs of poor performance)
  • Aquapuncture (the injection of saline or distilled water into acupoints)
  • Hemopuncture (the injection of a patient’s own blood into acupoints)
  • Moxibustion (the burning of Moxa at acupoints)

Dr. Lacey and our team are experienced in treating a variety of conditions including:

  • Colic
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Colitis
  • Upper respiratory conditions
  • Abscesses
  • Laminitis

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lacey, please contact us at (337) 463-7011. We are able to see your horse at Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA, or you can make an appointment for a house call.