Horsehoeing Thursdays at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic

At Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic, we understand the importance proper management of the foot plays in maintaining health, soundness, athletic ability and longevity of your horse. Quality and consistency in hoof care are vital to your horse’s success and comfort. We also understand the challenges horse owners face in identifying and contacting a farrier that will provide this service and do so on a consistent basis.

Additionally, we understand that farriers are not always contacted by horse owners or on a consistent basis.  They may not be aware that their services are needed. Also, the horse owner may not have adequate facilities or be able to restrain their horse to allow a farrier the ability to provide the quality of service the horse needs. 

What Can Be Done?

Horseshoeing Thursdays at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic is a program designed with 3 goals in mind:

  • Provide quality and consistent hoof care to the horse.
  • Connect the horse owner with farriers in the area that will provide service to the horse. This connection will hopefully turn into a long-term working relationship that ultimately benefits the horse, the horse owner and the farrier.
  • Provide a safe and stable working environment for these services to be completed.

How Will We Do It?

Horseshoeing Thursdays at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic allows horse owners and farriers to utilize our facility to meet and provide safe and convenient hoof care for the horse.                

For Farriers: Organize your schedule, meet new and existing clients and maximize your efficiency and profits.

     –Existing Clients:

Is your client located a long distance from where you work? Does your client not have safe facilities? Is the weather not helping? Horse owners and their horse(s) can meet you at our facility. This can help improve your daily schedule by minimizing travel time and provide a safe environment for you to work.

     –New Clients:

Are you looking for business? Meet clients in need of someone with your skills to help their horse and grow your clientele.  

Our facility is available for your use 8:30am-5:30pm every Thursday. There is no fee to use our facility. We simply ask that you clean up after yourself, respect our facility, equipment and staff. Along with signing a liability and facility use waiver once a year.

If you are interested in this program, we encourage you to check in with our office and provide your contact information so that we can help connect you with horse owners who are in need of your service.

For Horse Owners: Keep your horses hoof care on schedule so that you and your horse don’t miss a beat.

     Do you already have a farrier?:

Meeting them, along with your horse, at our facility can help improve their efficiency and keep your horse on schedule with their hoof care. It can also improve their quality of work if the facilities and weather at your home are not ideal. There is no fee to use our facility.  

     Do you need a farrier?:

We will help connect you with one. Call our office at 406-446-2815 to learn more. We will try to put you in contact with a farrier. Dr. Casey Gruber will also be providing farrier service on an “as needed” basis every Thursday afternoon until you are able to connect with a farrier. We want to assure you that there are always options and resources available to help your horse.

Additional Information:

Contact our office at 406 446-2815 to learn more about this program and allow us to answer any questions you have.

There is no fee to use our facility. Please clean up after your horse and respect our facilities, staff, equipment and other clients and their animals.

Sedation is available if needed and must be administered by a veterinarian or veterinary technician. Cost of this service or any other services or supplies will be the responsibility of the horse owner or caretaker. Payment is due at time of service.

Please note that any horse at our facility exhibiting signs of illness or injury may be attended to by the veterinarian. Any costs incurred will be at the owner’s expense. Horses considered contagious or at risk to other horses or are dangerous or fractious will not be allowed on our facility. If you are unsure, call our office ahead of time to discuss details.

 

New Location OPEN!

Welcome to Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic’s new facility. Located at 15 Two Willow Lane, Red Lodge.

Directions: Head Northwest on Hwy 78 from Red lodge (as if you are headed towards the show grounds) continue on Hwy 78 to Two Willow Lane. Turn Left onto Two Willow Lane, and we are the big brown building on the left-hand side. 

Horse trailers, please use the cul-de-sac to turn around and park in the large gravel parking lot beside the equine facility. Cars and trucks can park on the south side of the main building, then enter up the front ramp of the main building to check in at reception.

Our new facility provides us with the much needed space to continue to practice high-quality mixed animal medicine, in an easy to access location within Red Lodge.

The main building has 2 exam rooms for you and your pets’ comfort, along with ample space for in-house surgeries, diagnostics and treatments. The equine treatment and examination facility will be connected directly to our hospitalized equine patient barn and bovine facility, allowing us to closely monitor our equine and bovine critical care patients while we continue with our daily in-clinic visits.

Our equine facility is open for full service. We have three hospitalized patient stalls ready for your horse(s) if needed. Throughout the summer we will continue to upgrade and add the finishing touches to the equine exam room and hospital barn.

We look forward to taking care of you and your companions when you need us, for many years to come. 406-446-2815

Front of main building
Ramp to reception
Steps to front reception
The lovely Donna in reception
Waiting room
Small animal exam room
Small animal treatment room
Equine barn and exam room
Hospitalized patient stalls
The view from the equine exam room
The view from our sign

 

 

New Location Opening Soon!

Dr. Casey Gruber his wife Dominique and their team are thrilled to announce we are opening our new facility located at 15 Two Willow Lane, Red Lodge, MT (previously the home of Red Lodge Surveying). Just 1/2 mile from our current location. We are so thankful for the support from the community and everyone that has helped make this dream come true. 

Our new facility will provide us the much needed space to continue to practice high-quality mixed animal medicine, in an easy to access location within Red Lodge.

The main building will have 2 exam rooms for you and your pets’ comfort, along with ample space for in-house surgeries, diagnostics and treatments. The equine treatment and examination facility will be connected directly to our hospitalized equine patient barn and bovine facility, allowing us to closely monitor our equine and bovine critical care patients while we continue with our daily in-clinic visits.

We will no longer be providing small animal non-clinical boarding services at our new location. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Directions: Continue NW on Hwy 78, 1/2 mile past current location. Then turn left onto Two Willow Lane. Our new location is 15 Two Willow Lane, the large brown building on the left hand-side. Please enter up the front ramp to reception

We have outgrown our current location!

 

 

Hills Science Diet – Extended Recall – Please Read!

** EXTENDED RECALL**

Your pets’ health is our number one priority.

Hills Science Diet has extended its recall to several of its canned pate/stew dog food due to a potentially dangerous level of vitamin D. Pets who have consumed these products may experience the following symptoms:

• vomiting
• increased thirst
• increased urination
• excessive drooling
• weight loss
• renal dysfunction (if consumed at high levels)

If your pet has consumed any of the affected products, please contact us whether or not they are showing symptoms: 406-446-2815

If you have purchased any of the recalled food on the list from us, please give us a call for a full refund. If you have purchased any of the food on the list from a different company, please follow the instructions provided to learn how to get the affected food taken care of. The following link will also demonstrate how to read the sku numbers to see if the food you have is affected.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,

The team at Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic.

2nd Annual Educational Seminar for Horse Owners – Lameness

Dr. Casey Gruber and Red Lodge Veterinary Clinic are thrilled to offer our 2nd annual educational seminar for horse owners. This time around we will be focusing on equine lameness. Specific topics include diagnosis, treatment options, common injuries in working and performance horses and ‘when to call the vet’.  We are excited to present our guest speaker Dr. Britt Conklin. He is an equine professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, which inducted him into its hall of fame. Upon graduation from veterinary school at Texas A&M, he worked at a large equine referral practice in Weatherford, Texas. More recently he was a practicing veterinarian and owner at Reata Equine Hospital. Conklin has an expertise in dealing with lameness in performance horses, as well as podiatry, and spends his time helping horse owners and veterinarians care for performance horses. He’s a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Farrier’s Association, and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association.

RSVP quickly as we filled every slot last year! 406-446-2815 or redlodgevet@gmail.com.

 

Learn to Recognize Your Horse’s Dental Problems

Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort.

 

For this reason, periodic dental examinations performed by your equine veterinarian are essential to your horse’s health. It is important to catch dental problems early. If a horse starts behaving abnormally, dental problems should be considered as a potential cause. Waiting too long may increase the difficulty of remedying certain conditions or may even make remedy impossible.

 

Look for the following indicators of dental problems from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) to know when to seek veterinary attention for your horse:

 

  1. Loss of feed from mouth while eating, difficulty with chewing, or excessive salivation.
  2. Loss of body condition.
  3. Large or undigested feed particles (long stems or whole grain) in manure.
  4. Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit, or resisting bridling.
  5. Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, failing to turn or stop, even bucking.
  6. Foul odor from mouth or nostrils, or traces of blood from the mouth.
  7. Nasal discharge or swelling of the face, jaw or mouth tissues.

 

Oral exams should be an essential part of an annual physical examination by your veterinarian. Every dental exam provides the opportunity to perform routine preventative dental maintenance. Mature horses should get a thorough dental exam at least once a year, and horses 2 –5 years old should be examined twice yearly.

 

Learn more about proper dental care at www.aaep.org/horse-owner.