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How often does your horse need to be dewormed?

Our goal here at Littleton Equine is to create a deworming schedule that is right for your horse. We recommend annual fecal exams at least 12 weeks after the last deworming and proper time for collection is when the grass begins to grow in the spring as this is when the worms become the most active. If the exam yields a negative egg count, your horse will only need to be dewormed in the spring and fall, ultimately saving you money!

Call us today and let us set up an individual deworming schedule for your horse. Call us today to learn more!

 

 

Isn’t it cheaper to buy vaccines online?

In many cases the vaccines used by veterinarians can be purchased online. The biggest concern we have with these vaccines is how the vaccine has been cared for. Vaccines stored in too warm of a climate will degrade quickly and vaccines that are frozen have been shown to cause more reactions.

Having a veterinarian administer your horse’s vaccines guarantees that each vaccine was handled properly. In addition, it will give you an opportunity to speak with your veterinarian about any questions or concerns you may have.

Why are vaccinations necessary?

Maintaining the health of your horse is a primary concern of Littleton Equine and developing a vaccination schedule is a key component in this matter.

We suggest following the recommendations of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which advises that all horses need vaccinations for the following:

  • Tetanus
  •  Sleeping sickness
  •  West Nile Virus
  •  Rabies

All of these diseases are spread in backyards and barns through insects, soil-borne and small animal exposure. There is not a reliable test that allows us to check for blood levels or titers.

Contact our office to arrange a time for your horse’s vaccinations.