Preventative Care for your Horse
At Olympia Equine our main goal is to keep your horse healthy and out of any type of emergency situation. That is why we encourage a comprehensive preventative care plan. Below are the main areas we focus on to provide the best care for your horse.
Yearly physical exams are very important for your horse’s overall health and well-being. These exams allow the doctor a chance to detect any issues that could be present and cause health issues in the future.
At each exam, we perform an evaluation of the heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract, a body temperature reading, an ophthalmic exam, and a general assessment of your horse’s health. This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have in addition to getting nutritional and healthcare advice from the doctor.
Some diseases are very expensive to treat and some can be devastating to your horse’s health and could even cause death. Therefore, we strongly recommend vaccinations/immunizations.
Vaccinations that we recommend:
- Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis
- Potomac Horse Fever
- Risk-Based Vaccines
- Strangles (Intranasal)
- Tetanus Toxoid
- West Nile Virus
Deworming is very important to the health of your horse because internal parasites can cause extensive damage and you may not even realize your horse is dangerously infected. Parasites can also lower your horses’ natural resistance, rob your horse of crucial nutrients and cause gastrointestinal irritation and unthriftiness. Parasites can also lead to colic, intestinal rupture, and death.
A good deworming program may not necessarily get rid of all worms but will keep the population in check, prevent illness in your horse, and keep pasture contamination down. We do a quantitative fecal egg count (FEC), which will help to identify your horse’s worm burden and dictate which schedule they should follow.