Equine (Horse) Services
As with small animals, we want to be a partner in your horse’s care. Yearly exams provide an opportunity for you to communicate any concerns or current issues. The focus is disease prevention, improving health and detecting unrecognized health problems. It is a comprehensive process, meant to analyze the whole picture. We start with discussing your horses’ medical history. This included pervious health problems or injuries, vaccination and deworming programs, and general management (nutrition, lifestyle, exposure to other horses). We then preform a complete physical exam. A physical exam has many steps including the general appearance of your horse, listening to them with a stethoscope (auscultation) and feeling specific areas of their body (palpation). We observe how your horse moves, their behavior, general body condition, coat, skin, eyes, ear, mouth, and teeth. We auscultate their heart, lungs, and abdomen. We palpate pulses, lymph nodes, joints, limbs, and the abdomen. Based on this, further laboratory tests may be recommended including a complete blood count, fibrinogen, SAA, lactate, and chemistry panel. We perform a fecal floatation for senior horses’ test for Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s Disease. After all this information is gathered, we will make recommendations on vaccinations, deworming and any other areas of concern. Remember, the goal is to promote wellness, prevent disease and health problems, and detect problems while better treatment options are available. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, give us a call!