As an equine hospital, we get asked a very broad range of questions daily. Here is a list of the ones we encounter most often.
Q: What is a coggins and why is it so important that my horse gets tested for it?
A: A coggins test is done to test for Equine Infectious Anemia. Equine Infectious Anemia is an incurable blood disease that is transmitted by flies (horse flies and deer flies). Since flies come to your farm there is always a risk of Equine Infectious Anemia being developed even if your horse never travels. A coggins test is often required when moving your horse to a new boarding barn, traveling across state lines, and when attending horse shows.
Q: My horse seems to be losing weight and his food falls out of his mouth when he eats, what can I do?
A: Often when a horse is dropping it’s feed it’s a sign that he needs to have an oral exam and maybe even have his teeth floated. Horses need their mouths and teeth checked annually with some special cases needing to be seen every six months. Older horses often need to have their teeth checked more frequently than younger ones.
Q: How often does my horse need to be vaccinated?
A: Horses should be vaccinated twice a year. The second round of the vaccine is a booster that helps keep the horse safe against disease. Vaccines like the West Nile vaccine, Flu/Rhino, and EWT can be done every six months while the rabies vaccine is only done every 12 months. Flu/Rhino is required to attend horse shows and competitions.
Q: Which de-wormer should I use on my horse? Should I do a fecal test?
A: It is recommended that you have a fecal test done before de-worming your horse. Using a de-wormer without knowing if it is really needed can over time create an immunity to the drugs needed to fight off parasites. Fecal tests show the amount of eggs per gram and can help your vet come up with an effective treatment plan for your horse.
Q: What are symptoms of colic?
A: Colic can have a very large range of symptoms however the most common are as follows:
*If you think your horse is colicing or is in distress do not hesistate to call your vet!
Q: My horse cut itself, can I wait or does it need to be seen immediately?
A: Lacerations should be seen as soon as possible. Lacerations can be life threatening depending on the location of the wound.