Horses

Horses

Our team of equine veterinarians, Dr. Emily Bartlett, Dr. Audrey Sandberg, and Dr. Amanda Smith, are ready to serve you and your equine partner’s needs. We provide equine farm calls to observe, diagnose, and provide treatment. We also provide consultation and rehabilitation services.

Wellness Program and Dental Care

An examination of your horse in both spring and fall ensures early identification of health issues before they become more serious.  We also recommend bi-annual dental exams for geriatric and young horses, and annual dental exams for adult horses.

Teeth are a good indicator of an animal’s health status. Horse’s teeth will continuously grow and wear down.  Keep an eye out for a reluctance to eat or chew, “quidding” or dropping food during eating, or an abnormal smell from the mouth.

As part of our routine wellness visits, we offer the following:

  • Physical examination
  • Dental exam and annual float with sedation as needed
  • Fecal egg count with follow-up deworming recommendations
  • Core vaccinations (Rabies, EEE/WEE, West Nile, and Tetanus)
  • +/- Flu/Rhino, Lyme, Strangles vaccines
  • Coggins Testing
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC), Blood Chemistry
  • Lameness screening
  • +/- Sheath cleaning

Geriatric Equine Medicine

Due to improvements in nutrition and healthcare, horses are living longer, more productive lives.  As your horse ages, minor issues can quickly turn into severe problems, so regular care is imperative.  With the help of your veterinarian, your horse can remain comfortable and happy well into his or her golden years.

  • Nutrition: Our veterinarians will be happy to discuss in more detail how geriatric horses’ nutritional needs change as they get older.  We will also be on the lookout for any metabolic disorders and treat them early and appropriately.
  • Dental Care:  Proper dental care is critical as horses age and their teeth begin to expire.  To evaluate geriatric dental changes, we recommend twice-yearly dental examinations to maintain oral health.
  • Lameness: Degenerative joint disease or arthritis is not uncommon as horses age.  We are happy to examine your aging equine partner, consider diagnostic imaging, and provide medicine or supplements to help should they be needed.

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrition is critical to maintain the health of your horses and a balanced forage-based diet is critical. We will work with you to offer an assessment of your horse’s current diet, including hay, grain, supplements, etc.

Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services

We use acupuncture and chiropractic services as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine. Acupuncture has been in use for over 3,000 years.  It relieves pain and restores the body’s ability to heal itself. You can be assured acupuncture is safe when performed by our qualified and certified veterinarian, Dr. Emily Bartlett. The AVMA and AAEP recognize acupuncture as an appropriate medical treatment. The goal of our equine chiropractic care is to correct and restore normal joint motion of your horse. Controlled force induces change in joint structures and soft tissue, allowing your horse to move more freely and effectively.

Surgery

We provide castration, laceration repair, enucleation, and other minor surgical repairs on location at your farm. We will also be happy to provide you recommendations for equine surgeons should your horse require more complex surgery.

Emergency Farm Calls

Of course, we are always available for any emergency that may present itself, from lacerations to colics to many other conditions. Should your patient need referral for surgery or hospitalization, we are happy to point you in the direction of the best referral facilities for your horse.