Equine Wellness and Health Services
Those regular checkups are your best preventative measure for fighting disease and maintaining your animal’s health! You can depend on us to provide ongoing advice for nutrition, management, husbandry, and exercise.
Your horse’s life stage, level of activity, environment, and overall health are all things we take into consideration when designing a customized vaccination and deworming program. We also offer an Equine Health Care Plan. It includes all of the following, biannually:
- Wellness examinations
- Fecal parasite checks
- Health consultations
Horse Dental Care
Preventative Equine Dental Care
At Carolina Equine Hospital we emphasize preventative dental care for all our patients, young and old. Quality preventative care begins with routine oral examinations that use a full-mouth speculum, light source, and dental mirror.
Digital Radiography for Equine Dental Care
With the addition of digital radiography, we can now perform dental radiographs to help diagnose and better treat our patients with complex dental diseases. For our most complex cases, our doctors consult and work directly with an equine veterinary dental specialist.
Floating Equine Dental Care
Floating is a term used to describe the removal of sharp enamel points in order to ensure your horse maintains an even bite plane that is properly aligned. We perform this procedure under standing sedation with the aid of motorized dental equipment and head rests.
Other Dental Care Options at Carolina Equine Hospital
Our doctors routinely perform procedures such as wolf tooth extraction and bit seats to better serve our performance horse clientele. All doctors have advanced training in the correction of common dental abnormalities such as malocclusions, incisor bite mal-alignments, wavemouth, periodontal disease, and other oral diseases.
Electronic Coggins Testing
The Coggins Test is the most common means of screening a horse for the equine infectious anemia virus (EIA). Transmission of the virus most often occurs through the blood transfer between horses from interrupted feeding of insects like horse flies. Horse shows, trail rides, and competitions present high-risk scenarios for your horse.
Carolina Equine Hospital offers Electronic Coggins Testing (EIA) and Electronic Interstate Heath Certificates (CVI) via Global Vet Link (GVL). This gives clients easy and fast access to the necessary documents for these tests. You are required to have a current Coggins Test on horses that are traveling to show that your horse tested negative for this disease.
This resource will walk you through the process of setting up your GVL account.
You can also sign up or log into your account.
Horse Parasite Control
While there is no universal parasite control program that fits every animal and all situations, at Carolina Equine Hospital we can build a program that suits your horse’s unique needs. Our staff veterinarians may use routine fecal examinations to measure the effectiveness of your program and monitor for resistance to common types of dewormers. This resource will give you concise information and advice about deworming recommendations.
A fecal test is always recommended before using a dewormer so your vet can assess what kind of parasites your horse may have. This will help you create a custom parasite control routine specifically tailored 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.
Geriatric Equine Care
With modern advances in medicine, the average age of our equine patients gets older every year. At Carolina Equine Hospital, we have a special focus on the needs of our geriatric population. They require special attention and monitoring which may help detect diseases early and prolong the life of your equine friend.
Particular areas of concern include dentistry, metabolic diseases (Cushing’s and insulin resistance), nutritional consultations, lameness, and quality of life. Each horse is different, but we want to be able to provide the best care for your animal to lead a happy, healthy, and long life.
Read more about the first FDA-approved medication for the treatment of Equine Cushing's Disease.
Your gelding will probably be more receptive of a sheath cleaning in the spring and fall months when it is not as cold. Sedation may be required, so an ideal time for sheath cleaning is immediately after floating dental treatment, while he is still under. Every gelding doesn’t need to have their sheath cleaned often, but some are prone to getting beans and may need to be looked at by a vet if they are experiencing urination issues.
Your veterinarian at Carolina Equine Hospital will be able to recommend a vaccination plan for your horse when they come for 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 vaccination should only be done once a year. Read more about our vaccination procedure and what you should consider if you are thinking about administering vaccinations yourself.
Prioritize Your Horse’s Wellness Care and Treatment
These are the basic wellness treatment services we offer at Carolina Equine Hospital, but we are happy to discuss your horse’s particular needs, history, or issues to find just the right balance of care for your animal. We also offer specialized services, including gastroscopy, digital radiography, digital ultrasound, acupuncture, and chiropractic services. Call our office directly to schedule an appointment at (336) 349-4080, or request an appointment with one of our doctors through our easy online form.