Mississippi Equine Sports Medicine

Dr. Tai Curry-Fox is a native of Hattiesburg who graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Tai also completed additional training during veterinary school at the nation's largest equine hospitals such as Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY, Alamo Pintado Equine Hospital in Los Olivos, CA,  and Peterson & Smith Equine Equine Hospital in Ocala, FL. In December of 2008 she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, FL. Having practiced in Brandon for over 3 years, the need for sport horse medicine has created an ideal place to continue serving Brandon and the surrounding areas.
Mississippi Equine Sports Medicine was created to service the needs of the sport horse industry as well as horse owners alike in the areas of lameness, dentistry, alternative medicine, preventative medicine, internal medicine and emergency medicine.

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Animal Healthcare in a Down Economy                                  March 3, 2010

The animal healthcare industry has been declining over the last year. Due to a rough economy, many pet owners are seeking alternative ways to save money on their furry friend’s healthcare. In Central Mississippi, healthcare for horses began to decline at the end of last summer, with small animal healthcare seeing the crunch early this year. What are the veterinarians doing to help? Many veterinarians are offering annual wellness packages that include annual vaccinations, dental care and bloodwork for a discounted price. It’s like paying a deductible upfront and receiving a pet’s annual healthcare at a lower group rate. How is this helpful? Well, for starters, the price. Horses require an annual Coggins test by law, vaccinations and dental floats which can add up to $300 a la carte for just one horse! A wellness plan could save a pet owner up to $50 per horse. The second advantage is scheduling. Because the annual health costs are already paid for, it is more likely that the owner will schedule those procedures. Lastly, a wellness plan insures the pet receives the care it is required, lessening chances for vaccination lapses, poor dental care and neglect.

What can pet owners do to help themselves? If you already have pets, try to take advantage of discounts and sales on pet food, toys and bedding. Have more than one adult dog? Try buying a bigger bag of dog food to save a few dollars. Same goes with cat litter. Many companies manufacture larger bags which can save more in the long run. Also, spay and neuter pets. If it’s a struggle to keep one healthy, think about having a dozen all at once! Owners with a few horses, ask the equine veterinarian about multiple-pet discounts on vaccinations, dentals and Coggins tests. Also, if the veterinarian is mobile, it may save money in fuel to have them come to the farm rather than haul the horses into the practice. Whether it is saving upfront or saving all along, there are ways to stay on budget. Remember, everyone is in this economy together and it does not hurt to ask how to save on keeping those furry friends healthy and happy.

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