Preventive Health Care is the best way to help maintain your horse in peak condition and minimize the chance of illnesses. Our Equine Wellness Program includes a physical examination, and AAEP recommended vaccinations. Consulting with your veterinarian is vital. Many of the fatal diseases are preventable. While most horse owners have experienced a medical emergency, many of these "crises" can be prevented with a twice-a-year wellness program. This bi- annual check-up provides your veterinarian an opportunity to bring your horses up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite control treatments at the time of year when they are most beneficial. It also provides a time for you to consult with your veterinarian about nutrition, behavior problems, emerging disease threats and other equine horse health issues. While there's no way to completely eliminate emergency situations, a preventive health care program will minimize the chance of life- threatening, costly illness.
The Westview Veterinary Hospital Equine Wellness Program is following the recommended guideline of the American Association of Equine Practitioners for all horses living in the United States. We wish to offer you and your companions the highest standard of veterinary care available. These guidelines allow us to keep your horses as healthy as possible. The program is designed to fit your horse's life style. The following information contains detailed explanations of each vaccine and services provided by Westview Veterinary Hospital.
Wellness Exams are the corner stone of any health care program. Over vaccinating and de-worming your horse is not a substitute for proper veterinary care. Even if the horse has no visible problems, baseline information is very important when determining if subtle changes are present in the health of your animal.The AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) recommends twice yearly exams for all healthy horses. These exams include: examination of the eyes, mouth, teeth, lymph nodes, skin, heart, lungs, and abdomen. A brief exam of the limbs, for joint effusion or bony or soft abnormalities is also included.
Eastern/Western/Tetanus/West Nile: This vaccine protects against Eastern and Western encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the nervous system), tetanus and West Nile virus. West Nile is now a yearly vaccine in our area, as long as the horse correctly received its initial series.
Influenza and Rhinopheumonitis: Influenza is a harmful disease that affects the respiratory system but rhinopneumonitis has become more of a problem of late with potentially devastating side effects. There is no such thing as a yearly rhino vaccine. Although it is an effective vaccine in the prevention of non-neurologic strains of rhino, the effects of the vaccine are short lived. Depending on the vaccine, it is generally effective for only 4-6 months. Therefore, high risk horses require boosters throughout the year.
Potomac Horse Fever: This disease has gained in importance because of the high mortality of disease. This vaccine will be changing in the future due to the many different strains of Potomac Horse Fever. The new protocol will now include twice a year inoculations.
Rabies: There are states that will only recognize this vaccine if it has been administered by a licensed veterinarian. Due to the constant risk of exposure, this vaccine is extremely important.
Additional (Optional) Vaccines
Intranasal Influenza: Works in conjunction with intramuscular influenza in the prevention of influenza for high risk horses by setting up a barrier at the point of infection, the nasal passage.
Intranasal Strangles: This vaccine works similarly to the Intranasal Influenza Vaccine, but it is a modified live bacterium that has the potential to cause problems if not administered properly.
Coggins: Coggins is the name of the test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Coggins is a non-curable disease thought to be transmitted by deer and horse flies. Any equid (horse, donkey, and zebra) that has the disease must reside no closer than ¼ mile from any other equids. This test is not required by the state of Ohio to transport horses to shows within the state, but individual shows and events may require it. It is mandatory to have a negative Coggins test when selling a horse at a public sale or when transporting your horse across state lines.
Leptospirosis: This vaccine helps to prevent leptospiremia caused by L. pomona, which could, help reduce the potential risk of equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) infections, abortions or acute renal failure caused by L. pomona.
Equine Targeted De-Worming Protocol
High levels of parasites lead to gastrointestinal problems which can include colic, weight loss and general un-thriftiness. At Westview Veterinary Hospital, we have taken the thought process out of your worming protocol and developed pre-packaged wormers with an included schedule. If any worms are noticed on our scheduled fecal exams, different wormers can be prescribed to eliminate those parasites before they can cause damage. These scheduled worming guidelines are as follows.
- Fecal Egg Count on ALL HORSES in herd. Identify low, moderate, and high shedders.
- De-worm ALL horses with moxidectin/praziquantel (Quest Plus) or fenbendazole (Panacur Power Pack
- De-worm ALL MODERATE TO HIGH SHEDDERS with moxidectin/praziquantel (Quest Plus) or oxybendazole or pyrantel (Srongid)
- No de-wormer for low shedders
- Optional fecal egg counts on problem horses
- De-worm ALL HORSES with moxidectin/praziquantel (Quest Plus) or ivermection/praziquantel (Equimax) or fenbendazole (Panacur Power Pack)
- Only de-worm HIGH shedders with oxybendazole or pyrantel (Strongid)
- No de-wormer for low to moderate shedders
Teeth are a unique concern for horses and their owners. The teeth of horses continue to grow unless they get worn down by opposing teeth. If there is any sort of misalignment of the jaw, missing teeth, abnormal tooth growth or gaps between teeth, these conditions can cause extreme pain and lead to difficulty eating which, in turn, results weight loss. If floating is not done, and done correctly, the points can make setting the bit difficult and the horse resent being ridden or driven. Dental problems may present in many different ways and can be corrected using special equipment such as power floats, dental mirrors, probes and speculums. At Westview Veterinary Hospital, we have made a commitment to this area of preventative health through purchasing this special equipment and attending advanced dental training courses. Utilize the links below for more indepth detail on our program or to print off the enrollment form.
Westview Wellness Plan: $289
- Visit #1 March/May– Full Physical Exam, Flu/Rhino, EWT/WN, Rabies/Potomac Horse Fever, Dental Exam, Fecal Egg Count
- Visit #2 September/November- Full Physical Exam, Dental Exam, Flu/Rhino Booster, Potomac Horse Fever Booster
For clients enrolled in the Wellness Plan, farm call fees are included in the fee, provided that we can schedule the appointments at our convenience. In order to maximize our efficiency, we will be scheduling farms in the same area on the same day. If this is not possible, a full farm call fee will be charged.
Additional services are offered for the variety of equine life styles we assist and manage. Please let us know if you are interested in additional services offered
Other Services and Vaccines Available: These other services are offered to clients enrolled Wellness Plan at discounted prices and include:
- Strangles Vaccines
- Rhino Vaccines
- Leptospirosis Vaccines
- Intranasal Influenza Vaccines
- Sheath Cleanings
- Dental Floats
- Health Certificates
- Coggins Testing
- Additional Fecal Egg Counts