Customized Preventive Health Programs

Excellent preventive health care for horses begins with sound management practices and proper nutrition which are described in the prior section. Ideally, an annual veterinary physical exam is very useful for early detection of problems and documentation of individual baseline normals for your horse. At the time of examination or by other appointment, our veterinarian is happy to teach your horse's vital signs and weight, how to do a physical assessment of your horse, and to discuss your questions and concerns. If examination of every horse is not possible, emphasis should be given to patients with predisposing conditions and geriatric patients. We recognize the need of most horse owners to economize.

Parasite Control and Deworming

Equine parasite control is complex and requires consideration of many factors. Parasite resistance to dewormers has been documented in multiple types of worms, largely the result of over-worming horses. Resistance is a growing problem, with no new drugs on the horizon. Modern parasite control involves 1) the identification of the individual horses that carry and shed the highest numbers of parasite eggs, 2) testing for drug resistance, and targeting the specific horses and types of parasites that are identified. Along with improved farm management, the health of the horse is protected without unnecessary exposure to chemicals, and the contamination of your stable area and pastures with parasite eggs is dramatically reduced. Your equine veterinarian is the most qualified to help you select and oversee a program that protects the health of your horses and meets the needs of your own individual horse facility considering:

  • Efficacy and safety of dewormers
  • Identification of high shedding horses
  • Proper rotation of dewormers
  • Development of parasite resistance
  • Consideration of the time of year
  • Specific needs of your farm
  • Use of fecal examinations
  • Access to new research data

Please refer to Winning the Parasite Battle for more information on these considerations, sample deworming programs, customized programs and other important management recommendations to control equine parasitism.

Northeast Pennsylvania Equine Clinic is at your service to help you plan a deworming program that is scientifically based, excellent for the long term health of your horses and cost-effective for you! Start by completing and returning our Deworming Questionnaire. We will give you feedback on what you are doing right now. Ideally then, fecal examinations on each horse would be done when eggs would be expected to reappear after your last deworming. (At least 4 months after treatment with moxidectin, 3 months after treatment with ivermectin, 9 weeks after treatment with pyrantel or a benzimidazole). A customized comprehensive parasite program for the year will then be recommended by one of our veterinarians.

Vaccination Recommendations

Brief descriptions of the equine diseases for which there are licensed vaccinations are provided for your information. The specific immunizations needed by a particular horse or horses depend upon a number of risk factors including the age, use, reproductive status and value of the horse, the environment, management and the geographical location of the farm, and the risk of exposure to contagious diseases especially by traveling horses. We are here to help you make informed decisions regarding vaccinating your horses, prioritizing to work within your budget, and to provide you with vaccinating services by a professional to minimize risks.

Our veterinarians keep up to date on disease outbreaks, changing vaccination recommendations, new strains of infectious organisms, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the many vaccine products available. To begin your planning process, you may refer to specific vaccination guidelines provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Go to www.aaep.org. Click on Guidelines,then Vaccination guidelines, and then in the right column select either Foal vaccination chart or Adult horse vaccination chart.



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Northeast Pennsylvania Equine Clinic, LLC.

4326 State Route 1001, Thompson, PA 18465
Office: 570.727.2868 Fax: 570.727.2935
Office Hours: M-Th 7:30am-4:30pm, F 8am-4:30pm, Sat by appointment

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