A wellness exam on an 6 or 12 months basis is a recommended baseline for horse health. The exam can include dental checks or evaluation for changes due to age. Signs can be sometimes be subtle and things can be picked up on exam that sometimes could go missed. Blood work to evaluate organ function is also a recommended part of an exam especially for older horses that are on chronic medications. Fecal evaluations for sand or send out fecals for parasites can also help with evaluation deworming protocols. Nutrition discussion for older horses are often a part of a wellness exam.
Vaccines are necessary to prevent diseases in horses. The disease typically covered are Eastern and Western encephalitis (sometimes Venezuelan), influenza, rhino pneumonitis, tetanus, West Nile virus, and equine herpes virus. Other vaccines that may be considered based on use are Streptococcus (strangles) vaccines and Rattlesnake Vaccines. It’s always worth having a conversation about the use of your horse and the potential for exposure to certain disease. Pregnant mares need additional vaccines to help with a safe pregnancy and colostrum for the foal.
Blood Work and Fecal Evaluations
Currently this is available on a send out basis with results return in 2-3 business days.
Deworming can be performed upon request during exam as well for horses that are difficult to deworm. Several different dewormers are available.
Microchipping is also available for permanent identification for your horse. It utilizes a needle to implant a microchip in the nuchal ligament to reduce migration. Registration of the microchip is included in the cost of the service.