Here’s what typically happens during an equine wellness appointment:

Physical Examination
Your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination, assessing the horse's overall health. We will check the horse's eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, heart, lungs, borborygmi (gut sounds), skin, hooves, and coat. +
Vaccinations are an important part of preventative care for horses. Your vet will review the horse's vaccination history and administer any necessary vaccines based on the horse's lifestyle and risk factors as well as state and federal law. +
Dental Care
Your vet will examine your horse's teeth and gums to assess dental health. They may recommend dental procedures, such as floating (rasping) the teeth to address any sharp points or dental abnormalities. Routine dental floats are recommended once to twice per year, depending on the individual horse’s needs. +
Parasite Control
Parasite prevention is a crucial aspect of equine health. Your veterinarian may recommend or administer treatments for internal parasites like worms. We will also discuss strategies for managing external parasites, such as flies and ticks. +
Hoof Care
Your veterinarian will assess your horse's hooves, checking for signs of disease, injury, or imbalances. We may provide advice on hoof care, including trimming and shoeing if necessary. +
Nutritional Counseling
Your vet may discuss the horse's diet and nutritional needs. We can provide guidance on feeding practices, including appropriate types and amounts of feed and supplements. +
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for horses. Your vet will assess the horse's body condition and offer recommendations for weight management. +
Routine Blood Work & Diagnostics
Depending on the horse's age and health history, the vet may recommend routine blood tests or other diagnostic procedures to screen for underlying health issues. Annual blood work is the gold standard of veterinary medicine, and critical to catching underlying health issues early. Annual blood work is strongly recommended, especially after the age of 12 years old and onwards. +
Joint & Musculoskeletal Evaluation
Your veterinarian will evaluate the horse's joints and musculoskeletal system especially in older or performance horses. We may recommend joint supplements or other interventions to maintain joint health. +
Discussing Any Concerns
This is an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or changes in your horse's behavior, performance, or health. Your veterinarian can address your questions and provide guidance on caring for your horse. +