Answers to some common questions we get.
How do I know if I can mix medications and supplements?
What is regenerative medicine and how can it help my horse?
Help! My horse just doesn’t seem right. What should I do?
What are some common causes & signs of colic?
When I call you about a colic for my horse, what information do you need from me? And what should I do while I wait for you to arrive?
What about Banamine? NO! Please do not administer ANY medications without speaking to us first!!
What if my horse has to be referred for surgery?
How do I assess a lameness prior to calling you?
Next examine their legs. Is one leg more affected than the other? Is there any heat or swelling? Do you notice any cuts or wounds?
If your horse is lame due to the presence of a foreign body such as a nail, wood or metal objects DO NOT try to remove the foreign bodies from the horse. We may need to do an x-ray to determine if anything has been impacted or wounded inside the body before being able to remove the item.
My horse’s eye is swollen and/or tearing. What should I do now?
It is absolutely imperative for the long-term health of your horse’s eye that you NEVER treat an eye condition without specific instruction from us. This is because some types of medications are very specific for certain injuries but can be detrimental to the healing process with others. In addition, eye conditions that are left untreated can rapidly become much more serious if they are not treated properly from the start.
My horse has a wound. What information do you need from me?
My horse has a wound. How should I clean/treat it?
Do NOT apply any topical medications if the wound is draining, dirty, needs sutures (stitches) or lies over a joint, tendon or sheath. Be sure to call us for further instructions!
How do I know if my horse is in 'good weight?'
What vaccinations should my horse get and how often?
- West Nile Fever: This viral disease causes swelling in the brain and spinal cord and neurologic symptoms. It is spread to the horse by mosquitoes and cannot be spread from horse to horse. The disease can cause permanent neurologic damage or death and can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Vaccinate annually.
- Potomac Horse Fever: This is a disease that is not spread horse to horse. It causes fever, depression, and diarrhea, and can lead to severe laminitis, necessitating euthanasia. Vaccinate twice yearly.
- Eastern and Western Encephalitis: These viral diseases are much like West Nile Fever, in that they cause swelling of the brain and spinal cord and very similar neurologic signs. They are spread by mosquitoes but cannot be spread from horse to horse. Vaccinate annually.
- Tetanus: This disease is caused by a bacteria found throughout soil everywhere. The horse contracts it via wounds (usually deep punctures). The disease causes severe neurologic signs and often death. It cannot be spread from horse to horse. Vaccinate annually.
- Rhinopneumonitis: This viral disease has three forms. One form causes abortion in pregnant mares. The most common form causes high fever, nasal discharge, coughing, depression and even death. The third form can cause neurologic symptoms, but is relatively rare. The disease is spread from horse to horse, and outbreaks in unvaccinated horses can be common. Vaccinate twice annually.
- Influenza: This group of viral diseases can cause high fevers, depression, swelling in the legs, coughing, nasal discharge and even death. Flu is spread from horse to horse and outbreaks in unvaccinated horses can be common. Vaccinate twice per year.
- Strangles: This highly contagious bacterial disease is spread via nasal secretions, either by direct or indirect contact with infected objects. Signs include abscesses under and between the jaws, fever, depression, swelling in the legs, and potentially laminitis. Rarely, abscesses in the abdomen can lead to death. Vaccinate annually.
- Botulism: This bacterial disease causes neurologic signs. It is most commonly acquired by eating spoiled grain; rarely, by eating spoiled hay; and least commonly through open wounds. It is not spread from horse to horse. Vaccinate annually.
- Rabies: This viral disease causes neurologic signs and death. It is spread to the horse via the saliva (usually a bite) of an infected animal. It can be spread from horse to horse and from horse to human. Vaccinate annually.
Please call us to learn about specialized vaccination protocols for foals, pregnant mares, stallions and horses going to other parts of the United States or other parts of the world.
My horse has rain rot. How can I get rid of it?
My horse has Thrush. How do I treat it?
I think my horse has Lyme disease. What should I do?
Next, schedule a visit with us so we can perform a thorough examination. Lyme disease can cause many different signs in your horse. Sometimes other conditions can look like Lyme. We will then make a diagnosis based on examination findings and blood test results. If your horse does have Lyme, antibiotics can resolve the infection. We will develop a treatment plan for each specific case together.
Also, remember that a Lyme vaccine approved for horses does not exist. The best prevention is removing ideal tick habitat away from your barns and pastures by clearing brush and tall grass. You can also use fly sprays or medications that can kill or repel ticks.