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Health Care for Equine

We offer ambulatory appointments at your farm in the Wellington and surrounding areas by appointment, and provide comprehensive medical and surgical evaluations, diagnostics and treatment. We have a portable digital radiography machine and portable ultrasound machines. We need at least 48 hours advanced notice on calls requiring this equipment so the doctor can bring the proper equipment to your appointment. We also offer emergency care after normal business hours. An emergency fee for after hour services will apply in addition to the trip charge based on how far your farm is from our clinic. Payment is expected at the time of service.

Education is fundamental to Wellington Veterinary Clinic. As an owner of farm animals, livestock, or large animal companions, the more educated you are, the better health care your animals will have.

EQUINE HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Routine Health Care and Nutritional Consultations
    We recommend an annual complete physical examination including a dental exam and nutritional evaluation. We offer Wellness Plans at reduced cost to help ensure your horse is getting the proper wellness care and early illness detection.
  • Reproductive Services
    We provide reproductive management including Ultrasounds for breeding and pregnancy, artificial insemination, uterine cultures, uterine biopsies, and cytology. We also offer embryo transfer and recipient management. Neonatal care includes IgG testing and plasma transfusions when there is a failure of passive transfer.
  • Dental Care
    We recommend teeth evaluations. Our doctor are trained for floating, filing, leveling, and wolf teeth extraction.
  • Parasite Control
    We recommend herd fecal evaluations for parasites annually routine de-worming and pasture rotation. Please see our de-worming protocol (under Forms to Download).
  • Vaccinations
    Vaccines are an important part of preventative health care. We provide a full range of vaccines and inoculate depending on your horse's risk factors. Please refer to our vaccination recommendations.
  • Digital Radiology
    Our portable digital x-ray unit offers on-farm radiographs and evaluation for lameness, pre-purchase exams, or dental evaluations. The doctor can review the radiographs immediately without returning to our clinic to process films.
    Radiographs also can be sent to a radiologist if needed for consultation.
  • Hoof Consultation
    We offer hoof consultation in cooperation with a Farrier for conditions such as laminitis, angular limb deformities, founder, etc.
  • Surgery
    We handle castration, lacerations, growth removals, hernia repairs and more.
  • Alternative Therapy
    Our Photon Therapy can be used for wound healing, bowed tendons, lameness, laminitis, eye ulcers, and sarcoid tumors. This fairly new, non-invasive, painless procedure utilizes a technology that generates a mid-infrared light which stimulates an immune response in an animal's body. It promotes faster healing and reduces inflammation to expedite wound healing, fight viral and bacterial infections, arthritis, equine navicular syndrome and laminitis. It does not in any way replace traditional drug therapies nor traditional veterinary procedures. In chronically affected arthritic patients, photon therapy can be used in addition or in some cases instead of drugs to give "new life" to a patient.
  • Medical care
    Other services include treatment for allergies, moon blindness, skin tumors, heaves, upper respiratory issues, and colic.
  • Forms to Download: Please see forms to download for specific health care recommendations.

Equine links Pfizer — www.equinepreventicare.com
American Association of Equine Practitioners — www.aaep.org
My Horse Matters — www.aaep.org/index.php
American Veterinarian Medical Association — www.avma.org/care4pets
The Horse — www.thehorse.com
Your Horse's health — www.yourhorseshealth.com
Livestock library — horse breeds — www.ansi.okstate.edu/library/equine.htm
Laminitis Page — www.olympus.net/personal/pvd/pvda.html
Merial Equine gastrogard stomach ulcers — us.merial.com/equine/index.asp
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss — www.cvm.uiuc.edu/CARE/index.html
American Farrier's Assoc — www.americanfarriers.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HORSES

What should I expect with equine foaling?
Equine foaling typically occurs within twenty minutes. If the mare is not progressing, you should contact your veterinarian. If she is down, get her up and walk her. Wash your hands and check her to see if you can see or feel a nose and two feet. A veterinarian should inspect the placenta after the birth.

What is recommended for new foal care and vaccinations?
We recommend an IgG test within 24 hours of birth to test for immunodeficiency. If the foal's IgG test is below a certain level, a transfusion of plasma is recommended to boost the foal's immunity.

What is a Coggins test?
A Coggins test is a blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia. It is a retrovirus that infects horses. It can be transmitted by certain fly species. Symptoms may include fever, lethargy, petechial hemorrhages, dependent edema, yellow mucous membranes (jaundice), and anemia.

When do I need a Coggins test?
Anytime you are transporting a horse across the state line, a Coggins test is required. A Coggins is usually needed for shows, sales or boarding at a new boarding facility. The doctor will take a blood sample from your horse and send it to our state lab (ODA) for testing. It takes approximately 14 days for the results of the test to be returned to our office. If you need your Coggins sooner, a rush service is available for an additional fee. A Coggins test is generally valid for 6-12 months.

When do I need to get a Health Paper for my horse?
Whenever you travel with your horse, in or out of state, you should have a certificate of veterinary inspection or health paper. A Health Paper is valid for 30 days.

When should I vaccinate my horse for West Nile Virus?
In our area of Ohio the vaccine should be administered in the spring at least 4 weeks prior to mosquito season. We recommend vaccinating twice each year; in early April then again in late summer usually by the end of August.

Why is it important to have my horse's teeth floated?
Floating is important to your horse's general health. Keeping the mouth in good health allows your horse to completely chew its food, unlocking the nutrients from their food.

Who should I call to float my horse's teeth?
Your veterinarian is the best choice when it comes to floating teeth. Not only can they provide proper dental care and floating, but they can evaluate your horse's health, administer sedation and pain medication (if needed) and make nutritional recommendations.

How often should my horse's teeth be floated?
Just as people can have misaligned teeth, so can horses. In addition, a horse's teeth continue to grow. Floating frequency will depend on how your horse's teeth grow and wear. An annual oral exam is recommended to determine if floating is needed. Most commonly, horses need floated every 1 to 2 years, starting as yearlings.

Do you know any Farriers who provide services in the area?
Please call our clinic for referrals. (This information is provided as a convenience to the viewer. Wellington Veterinary Clinic assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these individuals.) Please see Forms to Download for a current list of available Farriers.

What's involved with arranging a large animal euthanasia?
Saying good bye to your beloved horse is never easy, but when the time comes there are several things to consider. One of our large animal doctors can help you with the euthanasia process. Another thing to consider is how to bury or dispose of the horse's body. There are some dead stock haulers in the area who can assist you with disposal. Please see Client Info & Forms to Download for a current list of available haulers.

Client Education Seminars
Periodically we host educational seminars for our horse clients to learn about health care issues. Topics include current Equine disease threats, vaccinations, emergency medicine and first aid, nutrition and the equine digestive system, and colic and feeds. Our current clients will receive an invitation to attend, typically during the month of February.

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