Our staff at Mountain View Equine Hospital is filled with passionate animal lovers who are here to help you and your horse! They are highly trained and dedicated to making sure that your equine companion receive the care and compassion they deserve every time they walk in the door!
Acupuncture has been used to treat various medical conditions in both humans and animals for over 3,000 years. All horses can benefit from acupuncture. At Mountain View Equine Hospital we are pleased to offer equine acupuncture and electro-acupuncture to our clients as a treatment option for several conditions including musculoskeletal disorders, pain relief from injury, trauma, and arthritis, increasing strength and stamina, improving coordination of neurological horses, improving lung function and promoting healing.
During treatment, a certified veterinary acupuncturist will insert ultra-fine, sterilized needles into the skin and underlying tissues at specific locations known as acupoints. Acupoints are typically areas with free nerve endings and trigger the nervous system to respond when stimulated. Stimulation of acupoints by needles can be accomplished through rotation, weak electrical currents, or heat. The stimulation prompts the body to heal and restore normal function to the muscle, joints, and other bodily systems within the area.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
We often recommend acupuncture in conjunction with other medications for a variety of conditions including:
- Chronic conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Neurological disorders
- Skin conditions
Equine Acupuncture and Arthritis
Equine acupuncture has also proven effective in providing relief from arthritis. Arthritis is a common ailment that plagues both animals and humans alike. This joint inflammation can cause pain and stiffness that can be either acute or chronic. Arthritis can be caused by a variety of factors such as infection, injury, or cumulative stress from daily activity. Horses are at additional risk for developing arthritis as issues with shoeing, trimming, hoof deformities, and genetic influences can contribute to arthritic conditions.
While many horses only experience arthritis when they are older, younger horses are still susceptible to stiffness and lameness that may be a result of some form of arthritis. For this reason, it is important to take note of any changes you notice and bring them to our attention.
Early treatment is always preferable so that we can often help the horse continue a comfortable career as he or she ages. This is usually achieved in conjunction with treatment, rest, and medication.
Does acupuncture work?
It does not hurt to try acupuncture if you are in need of treatment or symptom relief. Side effects of acupuncture are rare but do exist. Your horse’s condition may seem to worsen after treatment or cause them to become lethargic or sleepy. These effects are typically an indication of physiological changes occurring and are often followed by an improvement in condition. However, if these effects continue 72 hours after treatment, please contact our office.
Our veterinarian acupuncturist will perform a full examination and review your horse’s medical records and symptoms before recommending treatment. A diagnostic acupoint exam is then conducted to identify particular acupoints that may be the source of pain or distress.
The length of treatment may take 20-60 minutes and the number of needles needed will be dependent on the condition. The number of treatments necessary for your horse’s condition will depend on the condition, severity of the condition, and age of the horse. Acute conditions typically resolve within 1-5 treatment sessions while more chronic conditions may take 5-10 sessions. For degenerative conditions, we recommend monthly maintenance sessions. Treatment is not painful for your horse. Most animals tolerate the treatment well and progressively relax and during treatment.
For more information on equine acupuncture or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (540) 377-5700.
We are proud to offer equine dentistry and provide care for your horse’s entire oral cavity. A horse’s teeth and jaw function are vital to their overall well being, so dental care is an important part of your horse’s health.
We provide floating for horses as well as a range of routine to advanced services. Proper dental care will ensure that your horse’s teeth are not causing discomfort, pain, or other potential health issues.
Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like more information on how we can provide dental care for your horse. We would be happy to speak with you and we welcome your call.
Here at Mountain View Equine Hospital, we know that emergencies happen and usually at the worst time. First and foremost, panic does not help anyone. To be able to serve you in a time of an emergency you must be a routine regular client (meaning have had a routine appointment in the last 12 months).
It is our goal to get your horse feeling better as quickly as possible, and we will do everything we can to help. Time can be crucial in emergencies, having a trailer ready or someone with a trailer on standby is important.
Our veterinarians are dedicated to your horse. After a thorough examination, we will go over your options for diagnosing and treating your horse so that he or she can get back to normal quickly. We will then do everything we can to make sure that your horse feels better as soon as possible.
We know how stressful emergencies can be on owners so we are also here for you. We will be happy to assess the situation and go over your options. We will give you all the time you need to make sure you are making the best decision for your horse.
If you are having an emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (540) 377-5700.
Here at Mountain View Equine Hospital, we are proud to offer gastroscopies for our equine patients. During a gastroscopy, we use a long and flexible fiber-optic scope to look inside your horse’s intestinal tract. It is inserted into the nose and stretches all the way to the stomach. With a little sedation, we can get a good look at your horse’s insides. It is important to fast your horse before the procedure so that we can get a good look.
When we perform a gastroscopy, we are usually looking for stomach ulcers. Some common symptoms, which are also reasons to have a gastroscopy performed, include lack of appetite, poor coat, teeth grinding, inability to gain weight, and many others.
Typically, the horses are just not right, and their symptoms are not necessarily specific. The horses might be a little off or acting like they don’t feel right. Behavior problems can often be a sign of stomach ulcers, though some patients don’t have any signs at all.
If your horse is diagnosed with a stomach ulcer, we will routinely perform gastroscopies to monitor your horse’s progress, though many horses do well with medication. They usually return to their normal selves and level of performance rather quickly.
If you have any questions about gastroscopies or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (540) 377-5700.
- Routine Exams
- Endoscopic Evaluation
- Medical Treatment/Management
- Esophageal Function
Here at Mountain View Equine Hospital, we are proud to offer equine digital radiology. Our hospital is dedicated to staying up to date with the newest advances in veterinary medicine. We strive to diagnose and treat your horse the easiest way possible.
For this reason, we use digital radiology, which is the best way to get quality x-rays quickly and efficiently. Your horse’s digital images are ready almost instantly for us to view. Also, instead of taking film after film to adjust the settings, we can simply adjust the contrast on the computer. This means that we can take fewer films and not expose your horse to as much radiation.
Digital x-rays are great for diagnosing lameness in horses. We can quickly and efficiently diagnose your horse, whether he or she is suffering from laminitis, a broken bone, or anything else.
We also offer portable ultrasonography.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at (540) 377-5700 if you have any questions about digital x-rays or would like to schedule a consultation for your horse.
Mountain View is proud to bring you the most complete and customized rehabilitation program in Virginia.
- Rehabilitation Board with turn out
- RLT Regenerative LASER
- Salt Water Spa
- Water Treadmill
- Equivibe Vibe Plate
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- TENS Unit Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Ice Therapy
- Balance Blocks
- Resistance Bands
- Salt Room Therapy
Our Sports Medicine Team is ready to help you with all of your equine athlete’s needs! If you are considering the purchase of a new horse – no matter if it is for racing, roping, dressage, or anything in between – we are here to help make sure that your new horse is all that you expect with a prepurchase exam. We can also help with vaccine and testing requirements for transporting horses between states for competitions. If your equine partner has an injury, performance decline, or just needs a tune up, we have the equipment and knowledge to diagnose, treat, and develop a plan for success. Ask your horse’s veterinarian today if you have any concerns about your athlete. Dr. Reiners is board certified in sports medicine, rehabilitation and surgery.
Here at Mountain View Equine Hospital, we are proud to offer equine surgery. We are pleased to be able to perform some surgeries at your farm, including castrations and some mass removals. We also have a state-of-the-art surgical suite at our hospital so that we can perform larger and more complex procedures.
It is our hospital’s goal to stay on top of the latest advances in veterinary medicine. We are constantly learning about new surgical techniques so that we can perform procedures as easily as possible.
We use the latest and safest anesthesia to ensure your horse has the quickest recovery possible. We also use the best monitors during surgery to keep an even better eye on your horse’s vitals.
We will do everything we can to ensure that your horse has a successful surgery. We are also here for you. We know and understand how stressful the whole process can be, so if there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.
If you have any questions about equine surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (540) 377-5700.