Are You Scheduling Your Horse’s Spring Wellness Exam? Here’s Why You Should

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With warmer weather comes a very important appointment, a spring wellness checkup! As horse owners, we have enjoyed these last few months being horse fly free and having no mosquitos in sight, but spring is sure to shake that up! Making sure to have your veterinarian out to vaccinate your horse against insect transmittable diseases is a very important part of being a responsible horse owner. Keep reading to see what kinds of things you can add to your spring vet appointment!

Veterinarian Administered Vaccines

Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a vaccination plan for your horse when he comes out to do your spring vaccine appointment. We recommend vaccinating against West Nile Virus, TEW (Tetanus, Eastern, Western), and Flu Rhino every six months as a booster. With the insects in our area, it is very important to participate in these core vaccines. Rabies is a vaccine only done yearly.

Fecal Testing

A fecal test is always recommended before using a dewormer so your vet can assess what kind of parasites your horse may be dealing with and help you create a custom parasite control routine specific to your horse’s needs. A high fecal egg count may require treatment from a different type of dewormer than a low egg count will. Doing a fecal test can prevent you from using the wrong product or creating immunity to a stronger product.

Coggins Testing

Ask your vet to pull a new coggins on your horse if their current coggins has expired or is about to run out. You are required to have a current coggins on horses that are traveling, and they also show that your horse tested negative for the insect-transmitted disease.

Dental Floating

Spring is the perfect time to get your horses teeth taken care of. It is comfortable enough to be outside and you won’t have to keep taking your heavy coat off when you get too hot! Make sure to let your veterinarian know about any dropping of feed, weight loss, or mouth pain your horse may be experiencing. (TIP: get your gelding’s sheath cleaned (if he needs it) while your horse is sedated from his dental floating)

Sheath Cleaning

While it is a dirty job, your gelding will probably be more open to the idea of sheath cleaning in the spring and fall months when it is not particularly cold. While he may need sedation (or if he had been floated right before, he may still be under) it is a good time to get him taken care of if he is needing to get cleaned up. While every gelding doesn’t need to have his sheath cleaned often, some are prone to getting beans and may need to be looked at by a vet if they are experiencing urination issues.

Health Exam

While the vet is out, why not go ahead and have them give your horse a health exam. They will check your horse’s body condition, check their vitals to make sure everything sounds right, make sure they are not experiencing any health issues, and look at their hooves. A health exam allows your veterinarian to suggest anything that may improve your horse’s health and wellness while letting your doctor know of any issues your horse may be facing.

Carolina Equine Hospital

With warm weather coming soon, why not send your horse into the spring months confidently knowing that he is in tip top shape, or knowing how you can work with your vet to improve his health and wellbeing. Give the office a call to schedule a spring wellness visit with one of our veterinarians to make sure your horse starts his spring season off right! Regular business hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.