Preventative care for the health of your horse should include:
Vaccinations: We recommend annual vaccinations of all horses that include tetanus, influenza, encephalitis, rhinopneumonitis, and west nile virus. Horses can also be vaccinated against rabies, which is carried by many wild animals including raccoons, foxes, and opossums. Pregnant mares should also be vaccinated against rhinopneumonitis at 5,7, and 9 months of pregnancy to help prevent abortions.
Deworming: Routine dewormings are one of the most important aspects of a preventative program for your horse. There are many different products that cover different parasites and differ in how often you administer them. Ask us about the best deworming schedule for your herd.
Dentistry: Regular floating of teeth is important in every horse as well. A horse's teeth grow continuously throughout life and need to be filed down in order accommodate better chewing and digestion.
Coggins Test: Many horses require an annual coggins test if they are transported frequently for shows, trail rides, rodeos, etc. This is a blood test that examines for Equine Infectious Anemia.
Laser Therapy: Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain and inflammation and speed the natural healing process. Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to be successful in treating post-surgical pain as well as many acute and chronic conditions. If your horse is lame or has an injury contact our clinic to schedule a consultation to find out if laser therapy would be beneficial.
Blood Work: We utilize regional labs that help to diagnose problems with your horse. We can perform routine CBC and chemistries.
Radiology: We have a mobile radiology unit that helps with diagnosing lameness and joint problems in the distal extremities.
Ultrasound: This is used in reproductive medicine to scan a mare's ovaries and uterus to track her cycle, monitor ovulation, and diagnose pregnancy. A mare can be pregnancy checked as early as 15 days with an ultrasound.
Castrations: This is the most common equine surgery performed and can be performed at your location by our veterinarian.
Caslicks: This is a surgery performed on certain mares that have compositional abnormalities after breeding. It helps the mares to carry the pregnancy to term.
A complete lameness examination can be performed if your horse is limping or just not performing as well as he/she usually does. This includes flexion tests, hoof testers, radiographs, etc.
Some problems can be helped by joint injections. Once a problem is diagnosed, different options can be explored. Some lameness problems require surgery to get full benefit, which is usually referred to the University of Missouri-Columbia.