Routine wellness care is an important part in keeping your equine companion in good health to ensure they get the most, and best, years possible.
Wellness Visits: We encourage annual wellness exams. During these appointments our veterinarians will assess your horse's overall condition, address any specific concerns you may have, and discuss recommended diagnostics or treatments.
Vaccinations: All horses, even pasture pets, should receive annual vaccinations. Our veterinarians are happy to develop a risk-based vaccination protocol for your horse at their annual wellness visit. Please visit the resources page for more information on the different equine vaccines and time tables. Below are common vaccinations recommended in Alberta.
The following vaccines can be purchased in clinic for you to administered on your own at home. Should you prefer, our veterinarians can administer the vaccine as part of your horse's annual wellness exam or foal's health checks.
- 3-Way (Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Tetanus).
- 5-Way (Eastern and Western Encephalitis, Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis or herpes type 1 and 4, Influenza).
- West Nile Virus (WNV).
Should your horse require a strangles vaccination, we highly recommend discussing the pros/cons and risk factors with one of our veterinarians at your horse's wellness visit. This vaccine is given intra-nasally and can be challenging so we recommended it be administered by a trained professional.
Rabies vaccinations legally must be administered by a licensed veterinarian, therefore it is not one that can be purchased and administered on your own.
Many training and boarding facilities will require a veterinary certificate proving the vaccines (and often deworming) were administered. We can only provide this if it is administered by one of our veterinarians, not just through proof of purchase.
Deworming and fecal testing: We carry a variety of equine deworming products, as well as perform in clinic fecal testing to determine your horse's fecal egg count. During your wellness visit our veterinarians can help develop a deworming schedule for your herd that helps maximize health while minimizing the risk of developing drug resistance.
Dental Care: Most horses require some degree of regular dental care, including float and balancing, extraction of wolf teeth, and removal of loose, damaged, or diseased teeth. Our veterinarians are able to safely and effectively sedate your horse, choosing drugs based on their temperament, age, and health risks. This allows for more thorough evaluation of your horse's mouth, a safer experience for all involved, and a more comfortable treatment for your equine companion.