Routine Medical Care
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Senior Horse Care
Just like people, senior horses have special needs, including specialized dental care, nutrition, and medical needs. Stemming from her long ownership of her childhood horse, Rosey (that's her to the left), who lived until the age of 31, Dr. Bolten thoroughly enjoys every aspect of keeping senior horses in their best condition! Her experience in routine and advanced dental techniques is most beneficial to this population of horses. Although dental exams and treatments are extremely important, proper feed recommendations must be made based on the state of each horse's teeth. Feeds that work well for younger horses generally are not chewable (and therefore digestable) by older horses. Additionally, often large volumes of the proper feed need to be fed to overcome dental issues. Call today to get your senior horse back in shape!
Is your horse coughing, breathing hard, or loosing weight? All of these can be signs of respiratory disease, many of which can be cured or well managed. During the summer months especially, we see many horses who are suffering from diseases such as "heaves" (COPD) that can be controlled with a treatment plan designed with each horse and environment in mind. Unfortunately, horses that go untreated for these diseases can and do die from these seemingly minor diseases. The key is early intervention, so call us right away if you are noticing any breathing problems!
Eye problems are very common in horses, who are exposed to a variety of environmental challenges including sand, insects, and other irritants. We also frequently attend to horses who have injured themselves on objects in stalls and other housing. If you suspect that your horse may have an eye problem, it is important to get it looked at immediately, as some eye diseases are considered to be emergencies. Certain problems, such as trauma and melting corneal ulcers can even result in rupture of the eye, and other more chronic conditions, such as uveitis, can lead to blindness if not properly treated. Signs that your horse may have an eye problem include squinting, discharge (any color), swelling of the eye or eyelids, bumping into objects or sudden startling, and signs of pain such as reluctance to let you touch the face.