PO Box 736, Litchfield, CT 06759

Equine Services

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Health Check: to ensure year round health for your equine companion, it is important to have regular check ups with your veterinarian. Dr. Lisa recommends that horses be examined twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the fall. During these check ups a thorough exam is performed to assess body condition, gut health, hoof care, dental health, and nutrition. Regular vaccinations will be given and coggins testing will be performed at this time depending on the time of year, as well as a fecal sample will be collected to assess worm burden and determine if deworming is necessary.

 

Deworming Recommendations: Dr. Lisa believes in individual treatment when it comes to deworming your horse, pony, donkey, or mule. Based on your horse's environment, level of work, and immune system we come up with a deworming plan that is most effective for your horse while being conscious of over use and preventing resistance.

 

Our deworming method involves collecting a fecal sample from your horse twice a year, once in the fall before the first frost (October - November) and once in the spring after mud season (April-May). These times of the year are when worm burdens are highest in the environment. Dr. Lisa will run tests on the feces in our in-house lab and based on the results determine whether or not your horse needs to be treated, and if so, with what medication.

 

This method of deworming allows you to keep tract of the worm burden in your specific location and only medicate horses that need to be medicated. This is a way of better controlling parasites and preventing resistance in our area.

 

If you have any questions regarding our deworming protocols or would like to develop a plan for your horse, give us a call at (860) 459 0986.

 

Dentistry: Horses need regular preventive dental maintenance every six months to one year. Unlike people, horses' teeth have an eruption rate of two-three mm per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Malocclusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioral problems.
 
Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important. There are several factors that come into play at a young age that might increase treatment needed, or make a remedy even possible: loss of food while eating; eats hay before his grain; grain in water bucket; difficulty chewing or excess salivation; loss of body condition; large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch; head tilting or tossing; bit chewing; tongue lolling; tries to rear while bridling; fighting the bit or resisting the bridal; bucking or failing to stop or turn; foul odor from the mouth or nostrils; traces of blood in the mouth; or nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Other horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort.
 
Dr. Lisa will perform hand floats on equine companions of all shapes and sizes. She believes that your horse's health depends greatly on the condition of their mouth and want to help develop complete and regular dental management plan for you and your equine friend.

 

Vaccinations: Vaccines are preparations of killed microorganisms, living weakened microorganisms, etc. introduced into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease by causing the formation of antibodies.
Vaccines are very delicate compounds, which if handled or administered incorrectly will be ineffective or neutralized.
Vaccines are administered initially as a two-shot series and then annually or semiannually.
The vaccines and vaccine protocols listed below are tailored to our practice and geographic location and follow the guidelines of the AAEP.
 
Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis: Encephalomyelitis is caused by a virus, which is transmitted by mosquitos. The virus causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine is very effective against the disease. The protection lasts 6 months, therefore we recommend administrating the vaccine twice a year(semiannually).
 
Tetanus Toxoid: Tetanus is a disease caused by a specific toxin of a bacillus (Clostridium tetani)which usually enters the body through wounds. It is characterized by spasmodic contractions and rigidity of some or all of the voluntary muscles (especially of the jaw, face and neck). The bacteria is found in horse manure. The vaccine is very effective and administered once yearly. The vaccine is boostered in case of laceration, surgery, or pentrating wounds.
 
Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that infects the nervous system of mammals. It is transmitted through contact with the saliva of infected animals. It is 100% fatal. The vaccine is given once yearly and is very effective.
 
West Nile Virus: West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitos. The virus causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Because Long Island has a long mosquito season and the vaccine protection lasts 6-7 months, we recommend semiannual vaccination. Horses that travel to Florida should be boostered 2 weeks before travelling. Veterinarians in problem areas vaccinate 2-4 x per year.
 
Rhinopneumonitis: Rhinopneumonitis is a herpes virus which causes respiratory infections, abortions, and inflammation of the spinal cord. The vaccine is not 100% effective and the protection only lasts 10-12 weeks. Pregnant mares should be vaccinated at 3.5, 7 and 9 months from the breeding date. Horses that are travelling to shows, races, sales, etc. should be vaccinated every 3 months. Pleasure horses that do not travel should be vaccinated twice a year. The vaccine does not protect against the neurologic form of the disease.
 
Influenza: Influenza is a virus that causes high fever and respiratory infection. The vaccine is not 100% effective, and the protection lasts only 10-12 weeks. Horses travelling to shows, sales, racing events, etc..should be vaccinated every 3 months. Horses that do not travel should be vaccinated at least twice a year.
 
Potomac Horse Fever(PHF): Potomac Horse Fever is caused by the parasite Ehrlichia risticii. Horses are infected through small land snails that carry the parasite. It is not contagious and occurs more commonly in wet areas. The disease causes high fever, laminitis, and severe diarrhea. The vaccine is fairly effective and is administered once a year. It is administered 2-4 x yearly in -problem areas.
 
Strangles: Strangles is a bacterial disease caused by Streptococcus equi. It is highly contagious and causes the following signs: high fever, abscessed lymph nodes, and respiratory infection. Horses may develop guttural pouch infections, sinus infections, purpura hemorrhagica, laryngeal paralysis, and bastard strangles. There is an intranasal vaccine which is more effective than the intramuscular vaccine. The vaccine is given once a year except in endemic barns (that have frequent outbreaks) where semiannual vaccination is recommended.

Please Note Scheduled services will always come with a barn call fee based on distance (within a 50 mile radius of Litchfield, CT) and an emergency fee of $100 if unscheduled.
Services are all based on time. 


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