Clinic serves horses [UPDATED]Published 10:41am Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Updated 10:41am Tuesday, May 15, 2012
As healthy as a horse. This euphemism is a true statement when visiting Lake Region Equine at Lake Region Veterinary Clinic in Elbow Lake.
Whether you visit Dr. Ken Greiner or Dr. Julia Fry, they have a facility designed to give excellent health care.
The clinic specializes in minimal invasive surgeries including gastroscopy, laparoscopy, arthoscopy and thoracoscopy, but also offers dentistry, insemination and several other needs a horse owner is looking for.
The clinic also offers a form of stem cell therapy that uses the horse’s own adult stem cells to help repair joints.
This method is less controversial than the recent question of using embryonic stem cells to treat injuries.
“I think its the future of all medicine, in terms of repairing joints and tendons,” said Dr. Griener.
Dr. Greiner discussed a case where an older horse was brought to the clinic and was suffering from liver failure.
The horse was provided with the stem cell treatment and after a few days was able to eat and move around with its liver creating new healthy cells.
He stated that he is always looking into new therapies to help treat and prevent horse related injuries and illnesses, but will not use any therapies that have not been scientifically tested.
The facility has what Dr. Greiner calls a “rumpus room” for the horses so they can be given anesthesia before being moved into the operating room. After surgery, a horse will be moved to one of the many spacious stables that are located inside the facility.
Dr. Greiner is also willing to make house calls as the clinic’s mobile hospital allows him to do almost everything the clinic has to offer onsite including x-rays and ultrasounds.
“The mobile unit really helps to make farm visits thorough,” he said.
The clinic is also willing to help horse owners with preventative shots and give ideas on how to prevent illnesses such as Lyme disease.
“It’s almost like an epidemic,” he said. “As a horse owner, if your horse has been affected, its best to get it treated early to prevent any future illness from the disease.”
For more information, you may contact 218-685-4427 or go to the clinic’s website at http://www.lrvc.net/index.php