Horses, like humans, are living longer, healthier lives and continuing to compete well into their late teens and even early twenties. In order to achieve these extended healthy and active lifetimes, preventative health care and good nutrition are vitally important. While most horse owners have experienced an equine medical emergency, many of these “crises” can be prevented with good preventative health care.
This provides your veterinarian an opportunity to bring your horses up-to-date on season-specific vaccinations and parasite control treatments at the times of year when they are most beneficial. This also provides a time for you to visit with your veterinarian about nutrition, behavior problems, emerging disease threats, and other horse health issues. While there’s no way to completely eliminate emergency situations, a good preventive health care program will minimize the chances of life threatening, costly illness. Wellness exams are the best way to detect and treat health problems before they become serious.
What does an Equine Preventative Care Exam include?
Comprehensive physical examination
Evaluation of body condition
Discussion of diet and feeding program
Examination of coat and skin
Examination of eyes and eyelids
Examination of teeth and soft tissue within the mouth
Auscultation of the heart rate, rhythm, and detection of murmurs
Auscultation of the abdomen for normal gastrointestinal sounds
Auscultation for sand within the abdomen
Evaluation of the musculoskeletal system problems and concerns
Discussion of parasite control and fecal examination
Development of a vaccination schedule specific for your horse.
Our practice is unique in that we provide medical care to multiple species in the greater Tucson area. Three of our veterinarians specialize in the care of dogs and cats and the other three veterinarians specialize in the care of horses and livestock.