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Wellness Care

Wellness Care: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Physical Exam:

A thorough physical exam is an essential part of early disease detection. Finding problems early can improve the chance for a positive outcome and can also provide significant savings in the overall cost of treatment. An exam should be performed at least once a year by an Veterinarian and at the minimum should include:

  • A head to tail visual inspection and palpation where appropriate
  • Auscultation of the heart, lungs, and abdomen
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Additional Advanced Examinations and/or laboratory studies if problem areas are identified
  • Thorough verbal history from you discussing current diet, supplements, medications, past and current medical/surgical problems, and your goals for your horse.

Individually Tailored Vaccine Programs:

Vaccinations are essential in preventing life threatening diseases in our horses, pets, and our families. With a resurgence of diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and even a rabies positive horse in Michigan last year, it is more important than ever to protect our animals and ourselves. These diseases do infect humans! There are a number of core vaccines that every animal should have even if he/she never leaves your home/farm or is exposed to other animals.

Core Vaccinations: These are the minimum recommended vaccines for your pet. Our vaccination program is tailored to your pet’s lifestyle and needs so other vaccinations may also be required to help keep your pet healthy and happy!


  • Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, and Bordatella in certain cases


  • Rabies, Distemper, Calicivirus, Panluekopenia, Rhinotracheitis even for indoor only cats. Any cat that goes outdoors unsupervised should also be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.


  • Rabies, Eastern/western Encephalitis, Tetanus, and West Nile Virus. Young horses and those who are living at boarding stables or are traveling often should also receive Flu/Rhino vaccination and Strangles Vaccinations. In high risk areas, the Potomac Horse Fever vaccine can be helpful.


  • Clostridium CD and T at the minimum. Rabies is also recommended for pet goats and sheep.

Having a Veterinarian vaccinate your pet has benefits:

  • Modern vaccine manufacturers offer guaranteed coverage for many diseases, which could save you thousands of dollars per animal if an illness strikes at your home/barn. But the vaccines must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
  • Giving vaccinations allows the veterinarian a chance to get to know you and your pets so that when an emergency arises she can be familiar with your animals. If you own animals long enough, you will have an emergency.
  • Undetected problems can be identified and early intervention can prevent complications and save you money.
  • You won’t have to fight with your pets to give him a shot.
  • Talk to your vet today and set up an individually tailored vaccine program to protect your pets and your family.

General Medicine and Surgery:

Ambulatory general medicine including examinations, blood work, diagnostic imaging, and field treatments are performed on a routine and emergency basis. All surgeries are performed in the field and include: laceration repair, joint injections, wound debridements, biopsy, wolf tooth removal, and stallion castration.

Pre Purchase Exams:

Purchasing a pet is a big investment-financially and emotionally. Before you buy, define your goals for the pet and make sure that the pet you’re considering, will be able to live up to your dreams for him. Get your experienced friends and your veterinarian involved. Tell them what you’re looking for and accept their advice. Pre purchase exams can save you money and heartache in the long run. They are useful in detecting underlying medical and musculoskeletal problems, which aren’t apparent to the untrained eye. Make sure he’s healthy enough to do what you want him to do before you take him home and become emotionally attached.

Basic Pre Purchase Exams Usually Cover:

  • Head to tail visual exam and palpation where appropriate
  • Auscultation of the heart, lungs, and abdomen
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Basic Dental Exam
  • Basic Ophthalmology Exam
  • Basic Lameness Exam with movement and flexion tests of the major joints in all four limbs(horses)

Advanced Pre Purchase Exams Usually Cover(horses)

  • Everything in the basic pre purchase exam
  • Digital radiographs of the most common problem joints: fetlocks, carp, and hocks
  • Laboratory tests: general blood work and fecal exam

Dental Care:

Routine dental care is essential to your pets health, well being, and performance. In horses, sharp enamel points, can cut the tongue or cheek, interfere with the bit, or prevent appropriate nutrient mastication and digestion. Broken teeth, and infected teeth or gums are just a few of the common problems that can cause your pet pain. This can cause dogs to become “crabby” and/or depressed, or show unnatural behavior change. Dental infections in cats can lead to loss of appetite, difficulty chewing, and/or vomitting. Horses can develop bit resistance, bucking, weight loss, diarrhea, and colic. Your veterinarian should do a thorough examination of the entire mouth at least once a year.

An oral exam in a horse should consist of:

  • Flushing of the mouth to clear it of hay, grass, and other debris before the examination begins
  • Sedation for the horse when needed to facilitate an examination or equilibration or other treatment. According Michigan Law, a licensed veterinarian must do this in order to assure your horse’s safety.
  • Placement of an oral speculum to hold the jaws open for visual inspection
  • Movement of the tongue to the side and adequate light source so that all of the teeth can be visualized
  • A dental mirror should be used to visualize all surfaces of the back teeth and cheek surface
  • A treatment plan to correct any identified problems. Want the best out of your horse? Ask your horse vet to do a dental examination today.