Wellness - the act of actively pursuing a state of good health
Soundness Exams & Regular Body Work
Performance problems plague athletes regardless of their discipline or species. Subtle soundness issues can affect the performance of equine athletes, even if they are still able to compete. Combining a solid diagnostic protocol with a state of the art treatment and rehabilitation plan can bring your horse back to full function. The doctors' combined years of experience with competitive horses both in and out of the veterinary world give them a unique perspective on the biomechanics and physiology of competition horses.
Dentistry performed by a veterinarian is recommended once yearly. Twice yearly dentals may be encouraged if there is a bite abnormality or even more frequent treatments in an attempt to correct a bite abnormality.
The goals of our worming recommendations are to minimize the risk of parasitic disease; to control parasite egg shedding; to maintain efficacious drugs and avoid further development of resistance as much as possible.
Recommended Worming Schedule
1. Ivermectin/Praziquantel (Equimax or similar) combination product in the late fall
2. Fenbendazole (Panacur) in the spring
3. Pyrantel Pamoate (Strongid) late summer/early fall
Fecal exams are recommended 6 weeks after spring worming to assess efficacy
Vaccines were developed as a tool to stimulate the immune system to more effectively fight off an infectious agent. There are many types of vaccines on the market ranging from “old fashioned” attenuated (weakened) viruses to pieces of DNA inserted into the canary pox virus. Many different drug companies produce many different kinds of vaccines often with very different ingredients. Most vaccines are made of a piece of the offending infectious agent mixed with preservatives and immune stimulants. Each vaccine has to go thru the FDA approval process, which tests both safety as well as efficacy. The goal of most vaccines is to prevent the disease or at the very least help the immune system more effectively fight off the disease by ‘prepping it’ with a smaller weakened dose of the disease. Circle Oak Equine recommends specific vaccine schedules based on your horse’s specific health needs.
Flu/Rhino + EWT + WNV
Flu/Rhino + Rabies +/- Strangles
Recommendations for recent imports
Rabies + EWT + WNV + F/R followed by a booster of all vaccines (except Rabies) in 4-6 weeks