We recommend owners of adult horses have them examined once a year by a skilled equine veterinarian to ensure their overall health. We are fully able to perform a complete physical examination either at our facility or on your farm, whichever is easiest for you. A wellness examination at Columbia Equine Hospital consists of:
- Complete physical exam
- Diagnostic test(s) as needed
- Vaccinations as needed
- Dental examination
Columbia Equine Hospital will work with you to develop a strategic deworming plan for your horse. To do so, Fecal Egg Counts should be performed annually to determine their level of parasite shedding, then the deworming program can be adjusted accordingly. These tests and constant adjusting of your horse’s deworming are very important in preventing parasite resistance to dewormers as well as saving your horse from unnecessary deworming treatments.
To submit a Fecal Egg Count follow these instructions:
Find a fresh manure pile (still warm) and carefully place 4-5 manure balls into a baggie. If this bag cannot be taken to our hospital immediately it may be refrigerated up to 24 hours before submitting to Columbia Equine
Protecting your horse from disease is an important part of his or her overall wellness plan. Vaccinations are essential to protecting against disease, and we will create a vaccination schedule that is right for your horse. Basic “core” vaccinations include:
- Tetanus—All horses are at risk for this potentially fatal disease. This annual vaccination is a safe and effective way of protecting your horse.
- Eastern/Western equine encephalomyelitis—Transmission of this is mostly by mosquitoes or other blood-sucking insects. While rare in our area, we do recommend vaccinating your horses annually for this potentially life threatening disease.
- Equine Herpes Virus
- Equine Influenza
- West Nile Virus
- Rabies—While the incidence of rabies in horses is low, the disease is invariably fatal if acquired; therefore, this annual vaccine is considered to be a core vaccine for all horses.
In addition to the above vaccinations, we also offer other risk-based vaccinations as needed.