Despite the disaster of ice, snow, and cold weather, all three of the major veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky are up and running, although Hagyard-Davidson-McGee is on emergency power. Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine clinic at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, said generators are keeping services going for the horses, but surgery is on an emergency basis for the moment.
Byars said he contacted Kentucky Utilities, the major electricity supplier in the area, so the hospital would be put on the priority list. He doesn’t know when power will be restored.
“The lab is running, and all the pumps for fluids and the freezers and refrigerators are going,” said Byars. “We’ve got heat lamps for the foals (in intensive care), but no heat for the people. A lot of people have brought horses into the clinic, so people are finding problems out there.”
Dr. Bill Bernard, head of internal medicine at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, said they never lost power during the ice storm. He said a lot of the staff doesn’t have power at home and are staying at the student housing at the clinic property.
“Make sure horses have water available,” advised Bernard, who said a couple of impaction colics had been brought to the clinic. “Studies have shown that horses given warm water will drink more than horses given cold water,” but he acknowledged that many farms are without power for warm water for horse or human.
Dan Routh, practice manager at Woodford Veterinary Clinic, said the hospital in Versailles didn’t lose power, but the ambulatory veterinarians w