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.
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.