Dr. Lambert is interested in podiatry, and especially Laminitis. He studied equine podiatry under Dr. Ric Redden. Dr. Redden developed many of the techniques veterinarians use on a daily basis to treat laminitis, as well as other conditions.
Laminitis is a devastating disease and is the number two cause of death in horses. There are many risk factors for the disease such as obesity, but we really don't know what causes it. We do know that recognizing the disease early, and proper treatment are essential for the survival of the horse. Proper treatment requires a team consisting of a knowledgeable farrier, veterinarian, and a committed owner with the proper financial resources. Even with all of these elements in places some horses simply succumb to the disease. One aspect of proper treatment is getting radiographs, including venograms, right away.
A venogram a special type of x-ray where contrast material is placed into the veins of the horse's foot. The x-ray is quickly taken and allows us to see the condition of the blood supply to the foot. This is crucial in cases where Laminitis is suspected as changes to the blood supply occur long before any rotation occurs. The venogram to the right shows some changes to the horse's blood flow that cannot be seen on a standard x-ray. Early intervention and proper treatment gives your horse the best chance at survival and soundness
Dr. Lambert will work with your farrier to improve the health of your horse's feet. Often, just simply placing the shoes with the help of an x-ray can do wonders for horses that have podiatry problems. Horses that have on-going, or intermittent, lameness would benefit from a podiatry work-up.
Dr. Lambert frequently trims the horses' feet in his care. Doing so helps him maintain the ability to read subtle changes, and to correct problems that might otherwise go unnoticed in your horse's foot.