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Horse enthusiasts know how challenging it can be to find a qualified equine veterinarian. Fortunately, we have a veterinarian in Lewistown and a veterinarian in Mifflintown who offer an array of equine services that also include acupuncture and dentistry.
Dr. Russel LaPierre is our team’s equine medicine professional, and his passion for horses shows in his dedication to their health and wellbeing. We have a complete in-house laboratory with modern diagnostic equipment including digital x-ray capabilities, so you can get an accurate assessment of your horse’s condition quickly. Our state-of-the-art surgical area is designed to accommodate any equine surgery needs. In addition to providing necessary vaccinations, we offer two unique equine services: horse dentistry and veterinary acupuncture, which Dr. LaPierre holds certification to practice.
Acupuncture is an alternative medical process that has the ability to treat a variety of health conditions and can also alleviate pain and paralysis in horses. Acupuncture assists equine health in the same fashion as it does for humans. Depending on the ailment, specific points will be triggered with small needle insertions. This process helps open and clear meridian pathways to promote healing. Our veterinarian in Lewistown often recommends equine acupuncture to:
Each session typically lasts between 15 minutes to an hour, and horses generally only feel a slight tingling during needle insertion in these holistic treatments.
Domestic horses often develop dental burrs, which are sharp projections upon lower teeth that can press into the cheek and tongue, causing severe pain. This can cause your horse to be hesitant to bit placement and even deter them from eating properly. Frequent biting can sharpen the animal’s canine teeth, forming hooks on their molars that cause chewing complications that can lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Our Mifflintown veterinarian can assist with these equine dental conditions as well as treat retained caps, abscessed teeth, fractured teeth, tooth removals and restorations and uneven bite issues. Regular dental checkups are just as important for your horses as they are for you and your family. Dr. LaPierre has a special interest in the oral health of equines, so you can trust him with your horse’s mouth.
If you’re looking for an experienced and compassionate equine veterinarian in Pennsylvania, we have two convenient offices to serve your needs. Contact our Lewistown veterinarian at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic at 717-248-4703 or reach our Mifflintown veterinarian at Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown at 717-436-9790. Come and discover the difference that an experienced team of animal lovers can make in the health of your horses and many other animals.