Immunizations are an important aspect of a preventative program for your horse. It is important to vaccinate regularly in an attempt to prevent and/or reduce the risk of certain infectious diseases. Although no vaccine is 100% effective in the face of overwhelming exposure, the severity of the disease can be greatly reduced by vaccinating the horse regularly. These vaccinations stimulate the horse’s immune system and help them produce antibodies to combat these diseases. If the horse has never been vaccinated, they should receive a booster shot three to four weeks after the initial vaccination.
West Nile Virus
Potomac Horse Fever
May-June: *For Competing and Traveling Horses*
Potomac Horse Fever
Another important part of preventative care for your horse is deworming! Research has found that colics can be significantly reduced by putting horses on a continuous daily dewormer (Stongid C) or by deworming every 60 days. Internal parasites can become resistant to medications, so we recommend rotating dewormers. It is essential to use an ivermectin or moxidectin along with a praziquantel (Equimax or Quest Plus) after the killing frost in the fall to kill stomach bots and tapeworms. Tapeworms are the cause of approximately 22% of spasmodic colics and 81% of ileocecal impactions and nearly all ileocecal intussusecetions.
To make sure that your deworming schedule is working for your horse, we recommend having a fecal egg count completed by your veterinarian 1-2 times a year.
Recommended Deworming Schedule
Jan: Anthelcide EQ (oxibendazole)
March: Strongid (pyrantel pamoate)
May: Equimax (ivermectin/praziquantel)
July: Anthelcide EQ
It is important preventative medicine to have your horses teeth examined at least once a year. The doctors check for sharp enamal points on the outer edge of the upper (maxillary) teeth and the inside of the lower (mandibular) teeth, also for any abnormalities in the mouth in general. After the examination, if necessary, a dental flotation is performed. A power float is used to take down only the sharp points of the enamel to make a more comfortable grinding surface.
Dental examinations should be apart of your yearly routine preventative health schedule.
We have digital radiography to help us determine if there may be a fractured or injured tooth that may need to be fixed, or even extracted.
This includes hoof and flexion testing, diagnostic blocks, and digital radiography.
Here we observe and perform a full physical examination looking at the eyes, mouth, body condition, and respiratory system. It also includes observing conformation, palpation of tendons and ligaments, hoof testing and flexions.
If you want to add more to your prepurchase, we also offer digital radiographs, ultrasound, airway and gastroscoping, and drug testing.
Physical examinations can tell a lot about what is going on with a patient. Temperature, gum color, heart rate, respiratory rate and overall attitude can tell us a story of how there health is at that time.
Insurance exams are also available.
We offer digital radiography here at the clinic to aid in lameness diagnosis, we can take farrier views to aid your farrier in proper hoof care.
Ultra sound is a great way to see how the horse looks on the inside to see what defects there might be from their tendons and ligaments when abnormalities are seen or palpated, all the way to some organs when they are not feeling so swell.
We have a laboratory in house to run anything from coggins test, fecals & urinalysis', all the way to blood work, cultures and cytologies.
Our three meter scope has the capability to reach the stomach, allowing us to observe the esophagus, cardiac sphincter, and the stomach to see abnomalties within each. This procedure is the only diagnostic tool to truly diagnose stomach ulcers.
Our meter scope allows us the see the nasal cavity and sinuses, the pharynx, larynx, and gutteral pouches to help aid in diagnosis of "bleeders" and 'roarers". Our three meter scope will allow us to view all the way down to the upper bronchiols to allow us observe and take samples if necessary.
Intra articular injections are available to help with the function of your horses joints. Coffin, fetlock, intra carpal, hock, stifle joints, and back injections are all offered.