Our small animal services include routine preventive medicine check-ups and vaccinations as well as a selection of wellness plans as described below. Our doctors have extensive experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating a range of medical, reproductive, and surgical conditions. Our surgical suite includes patient monitoring equipment and electrosurgical capabilities, and we are able to perform most soft tissue surgeries, including spaying/neutering, C-sections, removal of intestinal foreign bodies, wound repair, and dental procedures. At this time we refer most orthopedic procedures to other local veterinarians who specialize in that area.
Maggie’s Menagerie provides a full complement of equine medical, reproductive, and field surgical procedures. This includes wellness exams and vaccinations, dental procedures, field radiography (x-rays), ultrasound, pre-purchase exams, lameness exams and treatment, and a full array of breeding work, including foal care.
Now offering Gastric Scoping and Upper Airway Scoping — On the farm and in the clinic!
We enjoy working with small ruminants (sheep and goats) and the medical challenges they offer. Ruminant services include examinations, consultations on management, deworming, treatment of medical conditions, castrations, addressing urinary blockages, and some surgical conditions.
General Medicine and Surgery
Maggie’s Menagerie has a well-equipped small animal hospital, including a surgical facility. We perform many common soft tissue surgeries including spay and neuter procedures, mass removals, and gastrointestinal surgeries. All animals are monitored during surgery using equipment that measures blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood, temperature, and – if needed – provides an electrocardiogram. Intravenous catheters are used routinely. Dr. Jennifer Adams, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, performs the anesthesia on many patients and especially on older and/or debilitated patients who require special care during surgery. We perform a limited number of orthopedic procedures at this time, consequently we refer most orthopedic cases to local veterinarians who specialize in that area.
When possible – and when an animal’s condition is stable – we like to send our patients home to recuperate where they are usually more comfortable and where their owner can monitor their progress. While our doctors have been known in special cases to spend the night in the clinic with patients, we typically do not provide overnight care. If 24-hour care is required, we are happy to refer clients to the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
We often treat our equine patients in the field for medical conditions including colic, metritis, eye problems, lacerations, neurologic disorders, and other diseases. Our in-house laboratory allows us to quickly and efficiently look for hematologic abnormalities and treat them appropriately. In this area, we are very fortunate to have Dr, Jennifer Adams, diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (large animal), on our staff.
Our equine surgery is currently limited to field procedures including castrations, enucleations, wound repair, joint lavage and treatment, umbilical hernia repairs, and other similar procedures.
Dr. Sjoberg has been assisting clients with breeding English Bulldogs for many years (Go Dawgs!) and has helped bring hundreds of healthy bulldog puppies into the world. Our canine breeding service includes collection of the male and immediate artificial insemination of the female as well as breeding with fresh cooled/shipped or frozen semen and vaginal or surgical insemination.
Dr. Sjoberg particularly enjoys reproductive work in the equine arena. Each year he attends to dozens of mares, breeding with fresh cooled or frozen semen. Although there are no guarantees, we have enjoyed a good success rate in settling mares and treating problem mares. We also have a growing equine embryo transfer service and offer collection, evaluation, and packaging of semen for transport.
We also offer a variety of specially tailored wellness plans to insure healthy mares and foals.
Eye problems are often emergencies and must be treated aggressively – especially for horses, for whom fungal corneal infections are, unfortunately, relatively common. In fact, the practice always considers abnormalities of equine corneas to be an emergency and responds accordingly. When necessary, we can place sub-palpebral lavage devices for treating the horse’s eye and perform enucleations. Small animal ocular procedures include entropion (where the eyelid rolls inward) correction, cherry eye correction, and enucleations. To ensure that you receive the best care for your animal’s needs, we are always happy to offer referral to a specialist for more difficult cases.
The southeast United States is either a dermatologist’s dream or nightmare, depending on your point of view. There are many skin problems in this region due to the mild and moist climate, which makes the area attractive to many insects, ticks, pollen, and other allergens.
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Maggie’s Menagerie has small animal power dental equipment that allows us to perform most dental procedures efficiently. This includes scaling and polishing teeth and removing diseased teeth.
Our practice also has two sets of power equine dental equipment. These instruments allow us to float teeth more efficiently and effectively than could be done using hand tools alone. When necessary, and when there is motion of the tooth in the socket, tooth extractions can be performed. Dr. Rice especially enjoys serving our equine dental patients.
Lameness diagnosis and treatment is a very large part of equine medicine. Lameness could be due to a condition as simple as a stone bruise, or to a career threatening injury such as a torn ligament, or to a life threatening condition like laminitis or a broken bone. It is imperative to diagnose and treat lameness quickly and accurately to achieve the best results
Our doctors leverage their significant knowledge and resources to provide expert diagnoses and treatment for lameness. Radiographs (x-rays) and/or diagnostic ultrasound can be of further help in characterizing the lameness. Once the reason for the lameness is determined a treatment plan will be developed in coordination with the owner. A lameness plan might include stall rest, pain medications, laser therapy, intra-articular medications, ultrasound-guided injections, or referral for surgery depending on the condition being treated.
Equine Pre-Purchase Examinations
An equine pre-purchase exam is arguably the most important step to take prior to buying a horse. Before performing the actual examination, we will first talk with the prospective purchaser about their intended use for the horse, their level of experience, and any concerns they may have. The seller will furnish information about previous training and medical or lameness issues. The veterinarian will then perform a very detailed physical examination including listening to the horses heart and lungs, checking the eyes and teeth, palpating the legs, and checking the feet using hoof testers. A lameness exam including flexion tests and gait evaluation both in-hand and on the lunge line is included. During this process, the horse’s temperament, condition, and conformation are also evaluated. The components of the exam can be tailored to the situation. For example, if desired, additional testing including radiographs, ultrasonography, upper airway endoscopy, or bloodwork may also be performed.