Did you know that the phrase “healthy as a horse” has been used for over 160 years? While horses have long been symbols of strength and endurance, a horse today is likely more healthy than the original equine inspiration for this idiom.
Why are modern horses in better health? Today’s equid has many more advantages in nutrition, vaccinations, supplements, and veterinary care. This means horses are now living longer, more active lives. Keep reading to learn how regular vet visits keep your horse in good health.
When Was Your Horse’s Last Exam?
Horses are lively and energetic well into their late teens and twenties. Longer lives and active lifestyles require regular care and special attention to preventative measures. Horses also have a habit of hiding the signs and symptoms of illness, making it vital that you have a qualified vet routinely evaluate your horses’ health.
Beyond a general wellness exam to address how your horse feels today, a preventative care visit includes assessing your horse’s teeth, ears, eyes, gait, and musculoskeletal system for potential problems. We evaluate your horse’s whole body condition, including coat, skin, heart, lungs, and gut, to check for abscesses, lumps, and other signs of underlying illness or areas of concern.
We will answer any questions you may have and discuss which vaccinations are right for your horse. We can determine your horse’s nutrition needs and dietary concerns. We can also recommend and administer parasite preventatives and perform tests to get a clear picture of your horse’s overall health.
Your horse’s health is our priority. After our visit, you’ll rest assured of your horse’s wellbeing.
How Often Does Your Horse Need to Be Seen by a Vet?
Like humans, the youngest and oldest horses are the most vulnerable and require special attention, often needing quarterly check-ups. A healthy adult horse likely only needs to be examined one to three times per year.
Of course, give us a call if you notice anything odd about your horse’s appearance or behavior. If your horse becomes pregnant or injured, schedule an appointment right away.
Don’t hold your horses. While your horse may have years of life ahead of them, you want those years to be the healthiest they can be. Give us a call to schedule a wellness check and preventative care exam today.
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