Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is a Coggins test?

A coggins test is a blood test done to test for Equine Infectious Anemia(EIA). EIA  is an incurable blood disease that is transmitted by flies (horse flies and deer flies). Since flies come to your farm and there isn't a way to prevent them all from staying away from your horse, there is always a risk of EIA being developed even if your horse never travels. A coggins test is often required when moving your horse to a new boarding barn and when attending horse shows. It is always required when traveling and your horse must have a current coggins for a health certificate to be done when traveling across state lines.

My horse seems to be losing weight and his food falls out of his mouth when he eats, what can I do?

 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 with a good rule of thumb being that a horse of 20 years or more should have their teeth floated yearly as needed.

How often does my horse need to be vaccinated?

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 Tetanus/Eastern/Western (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.

Which de-wormer should I use on my horse?

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.

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What are symptoms of colic?

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Pawing at the ground
  • Frequently looking at the flank area
  • Rolling or wanting to lie down
  • Playing with their water but not wanting to drink
  • Lack of defecation
  • Lack of appetite
  • Parking out as if to urinate but being unable to

*If you think your horse is colicing or is in distress do not hesitate to us at 336-349-4080!

My horse cut itself, can I wait or does it need to be seen immediately?

Lacerations should be seen as soon as possible. Lacerations can be life threatening depending on the location of the wound. Lacerations on or close to the joint are considered emergent.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us.


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