General herd health includes regular wellness exams, parasite management, nutrition, and choosing a vaccine schedule that addresses the individual needs of each horse. Wellness exams and herd health visits are recommended on an annual basis to identify and address health issues.
Parasites are very common in horses and are transmitted primarily through grazing and pastures. Parasites can cause numerous health issues, including weight loss, ill-thrift, diarrhea, colic, and, in severe cases, death. We encourage the use of fecal egg counts along with pasture management and judicious use of conventional deworming medications to address the emerging resistance issues amongst equine parasites.
Nutrition is important, whether for young, growing foals or to support the health and well-being of your senior horse. Our veterinarians will help you make feeding decisions to complement your management situation and help you to reach your performance goals.
Vaccination is an important part of your horse’s preventative health care program. Routine vaccination of all horses against Rabies, Tetanus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), and West Nile Virus is recommended on a yearly basis. Protection with additional vaccinations may be considered based on an individual horse’s lifestyle or risk assessment. Additional vaccines offered include Equine Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, Strangles, and Potomac Horse Fever.
If you intend to travel with your horse to other parts of the country or into the USA, please consult with our veterinarians about the disease risk for that particular region. Additional vaccinations may be required to keep your equine companion healthy and performing well.