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At Silverado Equine, we offer a range of Preventative Medical Treatments for your horse. This page provides you with information on the latest treatments, practices and technologies to keep your horse healthy and balanced. For information on each of our services, please click the following links next to the treatment.


VACCINATIONS

Appropriate vaccinations play an integral role in your horse’s overall wellness and preventative care.  However, with the increasing number of vaccinations available, it can be overwhelming for the horse owner to determine what is needed.  The vaccinations your horse needs differ based on his age, physical health, environment and travel schedule.  At Silverado Equine we can customize your horse’s vaccination schedule to give him the maximum benefit with the minimum of injections.
The “Core” Vaccines:

  1. Tetanus:  The tetanus bacterium (Clostridium tetani) is found everywhere worldwide and can cause life-threatening disease “lockjaw”.  Horses are especially sensitive to this disease.  The tetanus bacterium enters the horse through dirt contaminated wounds.  Every horse is recommended to be vaccinated annually for tetanus.

  2. Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis (EEE/WEE):  These viruses affect the neurological system of your horse.  It is transmitted by mosquitoes from infected birds to your horse.  Symptoms of these viruses include:  coma, head-pressing, fever, depression, incoordination and death.  Unfortunately, treatment is limited and the mortality rate is high.  We generally give this vaccine in a combination with tetanus.

  3. West Nile Virus:  West Nile is also transmitted by mosquitoes from infected birds to your horse.  Symptoms of this disease are neurological and similar to the viruses described above.  West Nile continues to be identified and diagnosed in California and we are strongly recommending that every horse maintain current immunization for this disease.

Common Additional Vaccines:
These vaccines will be recommended for your horse based on his show and travel schedule, living conditions, environment and age.

  •  Influenza (Flu):  Equine influenza (or the “flu”) is endemic in our horse population and is easily spread from horse to horse.  Common clinical signs include: nasal discharge, fever, coughing, depression and anorexia.  There are currently two forms of vaccine available:  the intramuscular vaccine and an intra-nasal vaccine.  Current research indicates that the intra-nasal vaccine is significantly more efficacious and requires fewer vaccinations than the intramuscular vaccine to be effective.

  • Strangles:  This disease is caused by the bacterium Strep. Equi sub.equi.,  affects the respiratory system and is highly contagious.  While this vaccine, like every vaccine, is not without risks the current intra nasal Strangles vaccine is safer and more efficacious than the previous intramuscular vaccine.

  • Equine Herpes:  The equine herpes virus is responsible for multiple diseases in horses.  It is transmitted through respiratory secretions or contact with infected aborted fetuses.  Herpes can manifest as neurological disease and can also cause abortion in pregnant mares.  The herpes virus is endemic in the horse population and current vaccines do not provide complete nor lengthy protection.

  • Rabies:  Rabies in horses is rare but any mammal has the potential of contracting rabies.  We currently recommend rabies vaccination in any horse that has potential exposure to foxes, skunks, bats, raccoons in endemic areas.

For more information on these services, please contact us today at 916-995-9141 or contact us here.



INTRODUCTION TO EQUINE DENTISTRY:

Domestic horses are living longer, better quality lives and there is no disputing that the advancements in equine dentistry are playing a large role. The teeth of horses erupt continuously throughout their lives at a rate of 2-3mm/day. These teeth are designed to be worn down evenly with the almost continuous grazing of abrasive forages found by the non-domestic horse. Ideally, there would be a balance between the eruption rate of the teeth and the rate they are worn down through eating. However, due to several changes brought about by our domestication of the horse and their use there is a need for us to address their mouths with appropriate dentistry. Sharp enamel points are created from teeth not being worn down as quickly, tack and different riding gear change the demands we have on the horse’s mouth and our horses are living longer resulting in an insufficient amount of tooth remaining.

POWER DENTISTRY
The art of equine dentistry “floating” has dramatically evolved in the last few decades. Not long ago, floating by hand was our only option to smooth enamel points and attempt to correct malocclusions. With the advent of power dentistry, the equine veterinarian has the ability to effectively, safely and efficiently address almost all issues in the equine oral cavity. What can you expect with power dentistry? First, your veterinarian will sedate your horse. This is important for your horse’s comfort and to facilitate the procedure. The sedative drugs used will keep your horse standing but may make him “wobbly”. The drugs used are very safe with only very rare adverse effects. Second, the oral cavity will be rinsed and a metal mouth speculum will be placed in your horse’s mouth. This allows the veterinarian to address all aspects of the oral cavity and it will also give you a first-hand look at the processes occurring in your mount’s mouth! Power tools will then be utilized to affectively smooth sharp enamel ridges, hooks, ramps and correct any malocclusion’s that may be occurring.

How do I know my horse needs this done?
I recommend that your horse has his teeth checked twice a year when your veterinarian arrives to administer the bi-annual vaccinations. Most horses should have dentistry performed (floated) once a year, while some horses with severe dental issues may need to have their teeth addressed more frequently. Signs that your horse should have his teeth checked: Weight loss, dropping of feed from mouth while eating, tossing of head with bit in mouth, resistance to the bit, mouth odor, etc.
Proper dentistry will help your horse to live longer, maintain weight and be a more pleasurable ride!

For more information on these services, please contact us today at 916-995-9141 or contact us here.


Physical exams performed by your veterinarian are an important part of your horse’s overall wellness. Every exam is focused on the area of particular concern while still taking into account all systems of your horse. Silverado Equine also can facilitate additional tests that may be required for a more thorough exam of your horse including:

  • Blood Tests
  • Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Meridian Scans (traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine)

The pre-purchase exam is an important investment into your potential new horse. The pre-purchase exam can help you decide if this is the right horse for you and your family and potentially save you time and money in the future. Here, at Silverado Equine, we do not “pass” or “fail” any horse. Everything we find during the exam is disclosed to you, the potential buyer, in a written report. The findings in this exam simply gives you the ability to make an educated decision when deciding to purchase a horse.

The Basic Pre-Purchase Exam includes:

  1. Overall health: a systemic evaluation of every body system including: cardiovascular, respiratory, GI, ophthalmic, skin, temperature and basic dental.
  2. A Basic Musculoskeletal exam where every joint, tendon and ligament are palpated for abnormalities. Hooftesters are applied to all four feet and the horse is observed at the walk and trot, on a straight line and in a circle.

Additional tests include radiographs (x-rays) of the hooves, fetlocks, carpi (knees), hocks and/or stifles; blood tests, Meridian scan (traditional Chinese medicine) and observation under saddle. Silverado Equine will be happy to accommodate any additional tests that you would like performed on your potential new horse. These tests are all confidential and the written report is the property of the potential buyer.

For more information on these services, please contact us today at 916-995-9141 or contact us here.


 
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