We offer full service equine wellness examinations and dental care for horses of all ages.
Equine Wellness Exams
Common horse ailments include lameness, arthritis, neurological disorders, back pain, tetanus, distemper, influenza, respiratory infections, worms, rabies, colic and laminitis, and our veterinarian can diagnose and treat these ailments and provide vaccinations to help keep your horse healthy and in good spirits.
We offer routine physical examinations for horses to ensure that your horse is healthy and to catch any illnesses or diseases early. By catching illnesses early, your horse has a better chance of making a full recovery.
Routine examinations include a full physical evaluation. Our equine veterinarian checks your horse’s mouth, teeth, gums, lungs, eyes, neck, main body, abdomen and legs, looking for signs of infection, lameness and disease. Wellness examination should be scheduled a minimum of every 12 months. For younger horses, we recommend scheduling examinations every six months to ensure proper development and curb any behavioral issues. During these visits, we can also administer vaccines and check for parasitic infestations.
Our veterinarian also performs dental examinations and Coggins testing, which can be included in your horses regular physical exam or scheduled separately. Equine dental care involves examining your horse’s teeth, mouth and gums in an effort to find any infections or diseases. If a horse has a mouth infection, you will notice excess salivation or drooling, head shaking, bad breath and aversions to bits and bridles.
In addition, we offer Coggins testing. Coggins is also known as Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), and it is transmitted via horseflies. There is no vaccine for the illness and no cure. Horses acquire the disease when a horsefly bites an infected horse then immediately bites another horse, usually in the same pasture. EIA causes a mild fever, loss of appetite and depression. The acute form of the disease can kill a horse within a month of the bite. The non-acute form usually causes death within a year and a half if the horse is showing symptoms.
The only way to ensure your horses do not have EIA is to have them tested. Infected horses should be removed from the premise since they can give the virus to other horses if they are bitten by horseflies.
If we do find evidence of illness or injury, we can perform ultrasounds and digital imaging services, blood tests and endoscopies to determine the exact nature of the ailment and its severity.
Farm Animal Veterinary Services
We offer veterinary care to other large farm animals, including cows, pigs, goats and sheep. If you notice symptoms of an illness in one or more of your farm animals, remove them from the herd and contact our veterinarian for further instructions and to schedule an appointment.
To schedule a veterinary appointment or for equine emergencies call our office at 432-520-8387.