Why should my horse have an Annual Wellness Exam?Horses, like humans, are living longer, healthier lives and continuing to compete well into their late teens and even early twenties. In order to achieve these extended healthy and active lifetimes, preventative health care and good nutrition are vitally important. While most horse owners have experienced an equine medical emergency, many of these "crises" can be prevented with good preventive health care. This annual event provides your veterinarian an opportunity to bring your horses up-to-date on season-specific vaccinations and parasite control treatments at the time of year when they are most beneficial. This also provides a time for you to visit with your veterinarian about nutrition, behavior problems, emerging disease threats and other horse health issues. While there's no way to completely eliminate emergency situations, a good preventive health care program will minimize the chances of life threatening, costly illness. Wellness exams are the best way to detect and treat health problems before they become serious.
What time of year is best for the exam?
The Wellness Exam should be performed in March, April or May to take advantage of season-specific vaccinations and parasite control treatments.
What does an Equine Wellness Exam include?
During the Wellness Exam, you will be able to visit with your veterinarian about nutrition, behavior problems, emerging disease threats and other horse health issues. The price of the Wellness Exam is $95.
In addition, the exam includes:
- Evaluation of body condition and discussion of feeding program and concerns
- Checking the haircoat and skin along with palpation of head and neck
- Evaluation of the eyes and eyelids
- Dental examination and assessment of need for floating
- Auscultation of the heart rate, rhythm, and detection of murmurs
- Listening to the abdomen for normal gut sounds
- Discussion of musculoskeletal problems and concerns
- Vaccination consultation and recommendations
- Parasite control discussion including the importance of fecal egg counts