Horses typically don’t get vaccinations until they are several months old, depending on their needs. Some vaccinations are started at four months old and need to be boostered three to four weeks later. Some vaccinations are not given until a horse is five to six months old. Most of these also need to be boostered three to four weeks later.
Some vaccinations need to be given when your horse is eight to eleven months old. Depending on the form of the vaccine given, it may need to be boostered.
If a patient survives the disease, they will always carry it and may become sick again if they are stressed. Some horses just seem to be carriers, never getting sick themselves.
Because some horses seem to carry the disease without showing symptoms, the best prevention is to test for it. Anytime you get a new horse or introduce a new horse into your herd, you should test the horse to make sure it doesn’t have the disease so your horses don’t get it.
We are proud to offer equine dentistry and provide care for your horse's entire oral cavity. A horse's teeth and jaw function are vital to their overall well being, so dental care is an important part of your horse's health.
We provide floating for horses as well as a range of routine to advanced services. Proper dental care will ensure that your horse's teeth are not causing discomfort, pain, or other potential health issues.
We are proud to offer artificial insemination, which can save you time and money. You won’t have to transport your mare to the stallion. Instead, the sperm can be frozen and mailed to you so that we can place it in your mare’s cervix.
In order to diagnose certain conditions in our patients, we need technology to help us. Some of the services we offer here include:
- Digital Radiographs that allow us instant results of bone studies
- Ultrasound that allows us to accurately inseminate and check for pregnancy in mares, as well as "look" at lumps and bumps, and to check tendons and ligaments for injuries
- Endoscopy that allows us to take a camera right into the horses upper airways to look at possible causes for drainage or noises, or into the stomach to check for gastric ulcers, growths, or neoplasia
The veterinarian will recommend these services on an as needed basis. However, by being able to offer them at our clinic will save you a trip to a larger facility such as NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.