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Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center provides a full service hospital facility for the comprehensive care of horses, as well as our recently added ability to accommodate llamas and alpacas. We currently have 20 barn stalls, five of which are sized to comfortably house a mare and foal. We have stalls that are designated for isolation of suspected infectious diseases. Grass turnouts and dirt paddocks are available for horses that are more comfortable outside. Both our stalls and paddocks are available for short term boarding of your horses while you are on vacation, etc. Twenty-four hour intensive care is provided for all critical patients and a trained technician is always on the premises for treatments and monitoring of all hospitalized patients. We also provide lay-up services for horses needing long-term care, such as frequent medication or daily bandage changes. Please call to inquire about prices for boarding and medical lay-up.
Emergency and Critical Care
LBEMC is known for being both a primary and referral emergency center. We have a board-certified equine emergency and critical care specialist, Dr. Langdon Fielding, who oversees the intensive care unit and works along with Dr. Diane Rhodes, ACVIM on the critical cases including neonatal foals, post-operative colic cases, complex medicine cases, etc. Dr. Jennifer Mayer, who is designated as our night-time emergency doctor five nights a week is available for rapid response emergency work both in the field and in the clinic. Complete in-house laboratory work can be performed yielding immediate results to aid in case management. Oxygen therapy is available throughout our intensive care unit and in a portable form, as well. We keep a large inventory of equine plasma in stock, as well as maintaining a herd of blood donor horses available for emergency blood transfusions.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite includes a hydraulic assisted table with a heated waterbed, overhead hoist system to safely transport anesthetized patients, gas anesthesia machine, mechanical ventilator and intensive anesthetic monitoring equipment (continuous electrocardiogram, direct blood pressure monitoring system, blood gas analyses, end-tidal gas monitoring, etc.). All surgical patients are anesthetized and recovered in a padded recovery stall with the assistance of a head and tail rope recovery system for added safety. Our board-certified surgeon provides round the clock surgical coverage for emergency colic surgeries, joint punctures requiring immediate arthroscopic treatment, and other acute surgical emergencies. The surgeon also provides elective services including advanced lameness and diagnostics, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, treatment of local skin tumors, and orthopedic and soft tissue procedures.
Our three digital radiology processors provides superior radiograph images, able to be viewed instantly. These machines can be scheduled for radiographic examinations in the field, including pre-purchase exams, lameness work-ups, and cases of trauma. In clinic, we have a large overhead radiograph generator that allows us to take abdominal radiographs, thoracic radiographs and upper limb orthopedic studies on adult horses. The radiographs are available for immediate review with the doctor working on your case, and board-certified radiologists who are on-staff for consultation of complex cases
Our digital ultrasound machine provides excellent images of musculoskeletal structures, as well as abdominal and thoracic exams. We can also use ultrasound for specialty work including ocular exams, umbilical examination in neonates, echocardiograms, etc.
A variety of fiberoptic endoscopes are available for diagnostic procedures including upper airway endoscopy, examination of the guttural pouches, gastroscopy for stomach ulcers, examination of the urinary tract, the abdomen and the chest. Our pediatric endoscope can be used for the smallest of patients including foals and miniature horses. A video monitor allows you to see the images along with the doctor for your better understanding of the case.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to generate images of the structures inside the horse’s leg. It can be used it to find problems that cannot be seen with an x-ray or ultrasound. The MRI at LBEMC allows for examinations of front or rear legs and gives the clearest picture of the problem. This enables the veterinarian to make a more specific diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
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Shock Wave Therapy
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), a noninvasive treatment that stimulates healing of soft tissue or bony injuries, is available at the clinic or in the field. Shockwave therapy is accomplished by sending a high energy sound wave through tissue. The clinic’s equipment produces a focused shockwave that is desirable because of higher peak pressures and improved penetration depth. ESWT has numerous applications including the treatment of wounds, sore backs, tendon and ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and navicular syndrome. EWST can be an important treatment option in horses that are unable to receive steroid injections into a joint.
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Equine fertility and the medical care of post-partum mares and foals are of special interest in our practice. Our on-going work with large breeding farms, as well as continuing education for our repro doctors makes this an area of expertise. Dr. Catherine Jacobs is performing embryo transfer procedures. We have in-depth experience with infertility problems in mares and stallions and artificial insemination with both cooled and frozen semen. Please call to inquire about our “Breeding Packages” that are billed on a per cycle basis.
Routine dentistry is performed by our staff veterinarians at LBEMC. Full mouth speculums and motorized equipment are routinely used in order to perform the most-comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the oral cavity. Dental work often includes removing wolf teeth from young horses, correcting hooks and waves, as well as examining for loose, fractured, or infected teeth. Dental radiographs are used to better assess tooth structure, spacing, and potential dental disease.
Routine and Corrective Shoeing
We currently have a weekly rotating schedule of skilled farriers who provide service at our facility. Our well-equipped farrier area provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for routine, as well as complex, corrective shoeing procedures. Staff veterinarians are available to provide sedation if needed, as well as medical consultation and digital radiographs pre- and post-shoeing to assist our farriers. These farriers are available by veterinary referral with a specific prescription or by client request. Please see our farrier list for names, phone numbers, and days of service. Blake Brown has retired from active farrier practice but is available for case consultations with clients and their farriers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (916) 663-2851.
We currently have eight fully-equipped field service units that are available for ranch calls to parts of Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, and Sutter counties. Emergency, dental, reproductive, pre-purchase, and preventative health care services can all be provided at your barn or ranch. Please call the clinic to inquire about bargain travel fee to remote areas of the practice on select days.