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Preventative Health Care

Wellness Exams

To screen for optimum health and wellness, your horse should have a veterinary examination at least annually. By evaluating factors such as age, performance, breed, health and environment, we base our recommendations on your horse’s individual needs.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations prevent disease from harmful and infectious viruses such as rabies, influenza and West Nile Virus. This helps to keep your horse safe. A recommended annual core vaccine program includes rabies, eastern and western equine encephalitis viruses, West Nile Virus, and tetanus. We recommend other vaccines based on your horse’s needs or risk of exposure.

Deworming

We can work with you and your barn to develop de-worming programs tailored to each horse’s needs and age.

Diet Consultation

Proper nutrition is necessary for all horses and often requires special tailoring to each horse to maximize their health and to prevent adverse conditions. We are happy to discuss nutrition and develop a plan for your horse.

Dental Care

We recommend annual oral examinations and dental adjustments ("floating" or filing down sharp points and maintaining a balanced surface to the teeth) to help maximize your horses’ digestion and athletic performance. This also supports their body condition as they age. When dental problems occur, we can help with the diagnosis and discuss treatment options for your horse

Coggins (EIA) Tests

Equine infectious anemia is caused by a retrovirus very similar to the human immunodeficiency virus. The disease spreads by flies to horses. The USDA regulates the testing of this disease using the Coggins Test. This test is used to diagnose this disease and is required for health certificates.

Health Certificates

In many travel situations, your horse will need a health certificate. We can perform the proper examination and issue you a certificate of health. These certificates will require an up to date Coggin’s test, which can vary depending on purposes, but in general is required every 6-12 months for out-of state travel. We can help you determine if a new Coggin’s is necessary depending on a destination of interest.

Lameness Exams and Management

Identifying the source of a horse's discomfort is essential to maximize their athletic performance and comfort while riding. We possess the ability to utilize portable diagnostics in the field, which include digital radiography (X-Ray) and ultrasound. As a part of the CSU team, we can provide appropriate referrals to our hospital lameness and surgical team for additional assessment and treatment. These includes CT, MRI and surgical procedures.

Treatments Available in the Field

Inserting medication into a horse's joint can help the joint heal, can protect the joint, can block pain, and/or can help us determine lameness. We are able to provide joint injections with steroids, hyaluronic acid, IRAP, stem cells, PRP and Shock wave therapy.

Pre-Purchase Examinations

As a potential buyer, you want to know that you are investing in a healthy horse able to perform at the level you intend. We can provide a complete examination including lameness evaluation to assess the health of the horse and discuss any issues that may compromise the ability to meet your expectations. This examination can be as detailed as you desire and include blood work or radiographic evaluation of the horse's joints.

Radiography Examinations (X-ray)

Utilizing state-of-the-art digital radiograph equipment, we can perform radiographic evaluations of the skeletal system including the head, neck, distal extremities for lameness, and dental assessment. This is also available on emergency visits.

Ultrasound Examinations

Ultrasound can be utilized to evaluate tendons, ligaments and other structures that may contribute to your horse’s lameness. We can also screen the abdominal and thoracic cavities to assess organ and intestinal health. We can use ultrasound to monitor heat cycles or pregnancy in mares. Colic ultrasounds can be used to help determine if surgery is needed. If a horse has a lump, the ultrasound can be used to help characterize what is inside the tissue.

Castrations

Gelded (castrated) horses often have an improved quality of life compared to stallions since their management can be comingled with other horses. Castration should be considered for male horses that are not intended for breeding. We perform all of our castrations with the horse under anesthesia and lying down for safety purposes. We also assess for wolf teeth and can extract wolf teeth while they are under anesthesia. Lump removal Horses can develop a variety of lumps or bumps, such as sarcoids, which we can diagnose and remove in many cases. If the lump is not in a location that is safe to remove in the field, we can offer local chemotherapy in some situations or can refer you to the hospital team for further treatment options.

Wound Management

In the field, we can perform surgical repair, bandaging, and application of casts to treat many wounds. Wound care can sometimes take a long time for full recovery and we work together with you through the stages of wound healing. Suture (stitches) can be used for newly acquired lacerations to help protect the wound during healing. Newborn Foal Examinations Newborn foals should receive a complete physical examination within the first 24 hours of life to determine overall health, vigor, and attitude. This exam should also include a blood test to determine the IgG antibody absorption from the mare’s colostrum to help reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening diseases during early development.

Newborn Foal Examinations

Newborn foals should receive a complete physical examination within the first 24 hours of life to determine overall health, vigor, and attitude. This exam should also include a blood test to determine the IgG antibody absorption from the mare’s colostrum to help reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening diseases during early development.

Upper Airway Endoscopy

Equine performance issues often can be attributed to upper airway disorders. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic tool that uses a small fiber optic tube equipped with a small camera to visualize areas of interest such as the upper airway. This is a safe procedure that is recommended when your horse has respiratory noise during exercise or experiences bloody nasal discharge.

Gastroscopy

Gastric (stomach) ulcers are a very common problem amongst horses in training or undergoing stress of any kind. This can cause signs like colic, poor appetite, teeth grinding/cinchy-ness or poor performance. A gastroscope uses a small fiber optic tube equipped with a small camera to visualize your horse’s stomach and esophagus to diagnose stomach ulcers. This procedure does not cause pain and is similar to passing a stomach tube when a horse experiences colic signs.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of problems to help a horse recover from an injury or back pain. It can also be helpful to aid in the maintenance of whole body wellness. Most horses enjoy and relax into the experience of acupuncture. For support while healing from an injury, a series of three treatments is recommended to maximize the benefit for your horse.

Euthanasia

It is sometimes necessary to consider your horse's health and quality of life when deciding whether to continue treatment. Our team can aid you in making these heartbreaking decisions. Should you decide euthanasia is the best decision for your horse, we can perform the procedure at your own barn, which is a comfortable and familiar environment to your horse. We hope to support you with all aspects of this hard decision.

We also can offer you the assistance of counselors at our Argus Institute, who can guide you through all of the considerations of end-of-life decision making, grieving, and moving forward.


Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
(970) 297-5000

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

Emergencies:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(970) 297-5000
 
Appointments:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(970) 297-5000