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Horses can encounter health issues just as any other type of pet can. Fortunately, the great majority of these issues can be prevented through regular wellness care and proper home care, or they can be treated by a veterinarian with proper training and expertise in equine health. Horse owners will be pleased to know that our clinic can provide the necessary care for everything their horse needs.
Annual boosters of the AAEP recommended core vaccines are recommended for all age groups after the initial series. Additional “at-risk” vaccinations may also be recommended for horses who travel, are pregnant, or have an increased risk of exposure.
Due to horses’ dental anatomy, routine “floating” of the teeth is recommended to maintain the optimum grinding surface. Annual dental examinations are recommended in adult horses and may need to be more frequent as your horse ages. These examinations check for loose teeth, malalignments, uneven wear, and oral lesions.
Annual physical examinations
Although a physical examination on a normal horse may seem brief, it provides your veterinarian with information of the overall function of your horse’s body systems. For healthy adult horses, these examinations are often performed at the time of their annual vaccine boosters. We also recommend examinations for geriatric horses, foals, and mares prior to breeding.
A certificate of veterinarian health inspection is required to cross state lines. The reason for this is to reduce the spread of infectious disease.
Coggins tests are recommended for travel and/or change of ownership. This test screens for Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly infectious disease that cannot be treated. Negative results are required prior to interstate travel.
Horses have different dietary requirements depending on their performance level, age, and metabolism. We offer nutrition consultations to help you better meet your horse’s dietary needs, whether they are working at peak performance level, young and still growing, or geriatric.
It wasn’t too long ago, rotational deworming was recommended to reduce parasite resistance. But recent studies have shown that deworming based on fecal egg counts (FEC) and shedding density is preferred to reduce parasite burden. We offer FEC testing to our clients and give recommendations for deworming each horse based on the results.
Hooves also tend to overgrow and must be trimmed properly. Uneven or neglected hooves can suffer a serious form of inflammation called laminitis, in which the lamina of the hoof loosens from the bone. If laminitis does develop, it must be treated promptly to prevent crippling lameness. Other treatable ailments that can produce lameness, including arthritis, infections and traumatic injury to a joint, can be diagnosed through radiography, MRI or other imaging techniques, and through close observation of the animal's gait and pain level.
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I just want to send out a most heartfelt thanks to Dr.Carter and his amazing staff! They are truly one of a kind! They have done just a wonderful job taking care of Kelly! The love and attention to her is so appreciated! God Bless all of them.