Bi-annual Wellness Exams
It is beneficial to have the doctors perform a wellness examination because it can detect problems early. A physical exam includes evaluation of your horse’s vitals, including temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The doctor will also listen to your horse’s heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Listening to these organs can identify problems, like heart murmurs or arrhythmias and abnormal lung sounds that can indicate respiratory issues.
Vaccinating your horse is considered by many as one of the most important and cost-effective methods of disease prevention. The core vaccines we suggest in the spring includes rabies, flu/rhino, West Nile, and eastern/western tetanus. In the fall we suggest boostering the ful/rhino. Depending on you and your horses activities, we may also recommend Potomac horse fever vaccine, strangles, and botulism.
Because of the development of parasitic resistance, we are now deworming based on fecal egg counts. By doing this, we are able to determine an individual horse’s parasite burden and then develop a program specifically based on that horse’s needs. We suggest you deworm your horse at least twice a year, depending on the fecal egg counts. This method reduces the overuse of dewormers. Keeping the horse’s parasite burden low may decrease the risk of colic, anemia, and respiratory problems that can arise due to migrating larvae.
Geriatric Horse Care Management
Microchipping your horse is a way of identification. A microchip is implanted in the nuchal ligament on the left side of the horse’s neck, halfway between the poll and withers. The implantation is quick and easy. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and fits in a hypodermic needle. Horses can be identified if stolen or lost.