What does an average horse in the Raleigh area need on a yearly basis?
For Adult Horses:
1) Mosquito born diseases: Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus (EEE/WEE/WNV) twice yearly because of long vector season
2) Tetanus and Rabies once yearly
3) Respiratory disease: Influenza & Rhinopneumonitis (Flu/Rhino) twice yearly
Risk based vaccines:
Strangles – recommended in show horses, and horses <10 years of age
Botulism – recommended in horses fed round bales
Teeth checked bi-annually, most horses need dental floating yearly. Some need it more frequently depending on their individual needs.
A Coggins test is used to test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). A negative Coggins test is necessary for travel between states, required by most horse shows, and necessary to obtain a health certificate.
Fecal Egg Count:
Once or twice yearly depending on your Veterinarian’s recommendation.
Many problems can be avoided by keeping your horse at an appropriate body weight. Your Veterinarian can help determine if your horses are too thin, too heavy, or may have an underlying metabolic condition.