Preventative Health Care

The equine veterinarians at our clinic want to ensure your horse remains in peak physical condition throughout the year.  We can help you implement a wellness program suited to your horse’s needs.

Wellness Physical Exam

An annual physical examination is one of the best ways to detect any underlying health issues and implement strategies to deal with them promptly.  We will keep permanent records of your horse’s health and condition, allowing us to monitor any future changes.

Vaccinations

Vaccinating your horse to prevent disease is always the preferred option, as opposed to treating a preventable disease.  Rabies vaccination is mandatory in Canada.  Others that are considered core vaccines by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) include vaccination against Tetanus, West Nile Virus, and the Eastern and Western Encephalitis viruses.

Dental Exam and Routine Float

Many horses benefit greatly from an annual dental exam, to ensure their teeth and gums remain free from pain and malocclusion.  The condition of the horse’s teeth, age, and requirement to wear a bit may help dictate the frequency with which dental floating may be necessary.

Spring and Fall Fecal Egg Counts for Parasites

Performing a fecal egg count before turn out in the spring will determine if the parasite burden within the intestinal tract of your horse is high enough to contaminate pastures.  Based on the results, you can choose to deworm or not.  Keeping worm burdens low in your horse will also help protect the others in the same pasture.  Fecal egg counts in the fall will ensure parasite numbers are low going into winter. Deworming may not always be necessary. Reduction in medication use will help prevent parasite resistance in the future.

CBC General Health Profile

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) and General Health Profile would require a blood sample, taken as part of your horse’s annual physical examination.  The blood results allow your veterinarian to detect any metabolic diseases which could be managed before they cause severe health issues.

Wellness Soundness Exam

An experienced equine veterinarian has the ability to detect subtle changes in a horse’s gait and soundness.  Detecting any lameness issues before the riding season begins can help prevent a minor injury from causing major problems and decreased performance later in the year.

A soundness exam includes watching the horse move in a straight line and on a lunge line.  Hoof tester examination and flexion tests will also be performed.

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm
SundayClosed

Feel free to contact us via email at info@wellesleyvet.com! Emergency process after hours, you can call the Wellesley clinic at 519-656-2200 or the Milverton Clinic at 519-595-4911 and our call answering service will direct your call to the on call veterinarian.

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