For the months of April/May 2016, Didsbury Veterinary Services is celebrating the health of our equine friends. Please stop in or call to find out more about this celebration.
Spring Vaccination & Deworming
The time has come again to prepare your horses for the summer season ahead! Proper vaccination and deworming are a few of the most important things you can do to protect your horse.
The vaccines required for your horse will depend on a few key things such as age, exposure risk, management and use. All horses, whether on pasture or showing should receive a Tetanus vaccination every year. Pasture or farm horses which will not be exposed to any new horses can be given a standard 4 way with West Nile, this protects against Eastern & Western Encephalitis, Tetanus and West Nile. Horses that will be used in shows, rodeos or exposed to new horses should be fully vaccinated with a 5 way, West Nile & strangles vaccine. This means protection from Influenza (Flu) and Rhino, Eastern & Western Encephalitis, Tetanus, West Nile and Strangles. When giving the strangles vaccine please be sure to ask your veterinarian about the safest way to give this vaccine.
For more information on horse vaccination protocols go to www.vimeo.com/75820352
Deworming should be done at least twice yearly, once in the spring and again in the fall. It is good to rotate your deworming products every few years to help prevent parasite resistance. Another assessment of how well a deworming program is working is by a fecal egg count. Counting how many parasite eggs are found per gram of manure helps determine if a horse is a heavy egg shedder or if parasites have become resistant. This is an effective strategy where only the horses with high egg counts are dewormed
Equine Dentistry Program
A dental examination is an essential part of your horse’s annual physical check-up that is performed by a veterinarian. Every exam provides the opportunity to perform routine preventive dental maintenance. Regular examinations can identify dental problems while they are still in the early stages, decreasing the possibility of more severe dental conditions which may lead to other serious health issues for the horse.
Equine Hoof Care
When preparing for your summer it is good to remember the environmental effects on your horse’s hooves, as well as nutrition, trimming, shoeing and how to spot lameness. What you are using your horse for will determine the proper care of your horse’s hooves; this can have profound effects on its overall soundness.
Proper hoof care can help prevent issues. Your farrier and your veterinarian can advise you and help you to establish a hoof care program that will keep your horse healthy and sound.
Equine Acupuncture & Therapeutic Laser
Didsbury Veterinary Services offers both acupuncture and therapeutic laser treatments. These treatments provide equine athletes with relief from pain and inflammation. It also enhances healing of wounds and injuries. This type of stimulation can be a powerful tool to enhance the overall athletic performance of your horse.
Please stop by and talk to one of our veterinarians about your individual horse’s needs.