In addition to helping us diagnose lameness problems, using ultrasound enables us to diagnose pregnancy at an early stage, 12 to 14 days after ovulation. Ultrasound is the method of choice for soft-tissue imaging of a variety of structures in the horse, such as tendons and ligaments and other disorders of both the abdominal and thoracic cavity.
Although castration is one of the most common surgeries performed by a veterinarian, it should never be considered routine as the procedure may occasionally have very serious complications. Furthermore, the follow-up care is extremely important. We generally recommend gelding a horse at a fairly early age (less than one year old).
Although not as common, there are circumstances in which the surgical removal of the ovaries is desirable or necessary. Consultation with one of our equine veterinarians can help you make that decision.
St. Francis Vet Clinic offers a comprehensive set of tests and diagnostic services, both in the lab and in the field. A fecal exam checks a manure sample for parasite (worm) eggs. A yearly fecal exam is recommended for all horses. It is best done in the spring, when internal parasites are gearing up to contaminate your pasture with the most eggs. All Arkansas horses over the age of six months, or weaned, are required to have a Coggins test every 12 months. In addition to these specific diagnostic tests, Dr. Eby and his team of horse vets offer a Complete Equine Health Profile. A combination of visual and laboratory examinations, the Profile is a powerful, proactive tool to insure the current and future health of your horse.
Vaccinations and parasite control measures are integral to a sound equine health management plan. Investment in prevention is always less costly than treatment.
Most common equine vaccines that we administer are Fluvac, West Nile, rabies, and strangles vaccines. Fluvac is effective against Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis; A2 flu protection covers EHV-1 and EHV-4 strains of Rhinopneumonitis plus Tetanus.
Other Equine Services
Teeth floating is a routine necessary practice. Unlike human teeth, equine teeth grow perpetually throughout the horse's lifetime.The frequency with which floating is necessary varies greatly from horse to horse. Some animals have better jaw alignment and seemingly slower-growing teeth and may require floating only once every several years. Others may require floating every few months. Dr. Eby and his staff are able to advise you about any specific horse.