Horses are magnificent animals that require constant care and regular vaccinations by a trained equine veterinarian.
The Two Types of Vet Visits
A horse owner with a horse that is normally healthy can schedule a vet visit twice a year, in spring and fall. The vet will administer the prescribed vaccinations, de-worm, and check the dental status of the horse. I get my three horses properly checked at least once every 6 months.
However, if the horse is prone to frequent illness, it is advisable that the horse be enrolled in a structured wellness program so that the horse is under the routine and constant care of an equine vet. These services are often delivered as a set package with a discounted fee.
Evaluating the Wellness of a Horse by the Vet
A vet will perform the following examinations on a sick horse:
- Checking the Flesh of the Horse
The vet will check the flesh of the horse and identify any problems. Specific exercises and nutrition will be prescribed for the horse based on the condition of the flesh.
- Physical Examination
The vet will examine the horse completely and check for any indications of lameness. Vital signs of the horse, such as the temperature, pulse, and respiration will be checked to identify any problems that could possibly progress and become an illness later.
- Blood Examination
Sometimes a blood test is necessary to identify problem areas and to do a Coggins test.
- Dental Check
The vet will examine the horse’s teeth and dental hygiene. The condition of the teeth can be an indication of the horse’s diet and nutrition and the general health of the horse.
The vet will decide the frequency of de-worming for the horse depending on factors, such as age and health of the horse. The fewer parasites, the better the health of the horse. Also de-worming reduces the risk of colic, which sometimes can be life threatening.
Besides the above-mentioned examinations, a horse owner can expect regular vaccinations and boosters, which will ward off potential health hazards for the horse. It is very important that the horse owner develop a trusting relationship with the equine vet in order to keep his horses in the best health.