We offer hospitalization &
24 hour emergency service.
A complete physical exam includes thoroughly examining the horse for swellings, heat, injuries, skin conditions, etc. It also includes examining the eyes, listening to the upper airway and to the lungs, heart rate, respiration rate, gastrointestinal sounds (gut sounds), temperature, capillary refill time, and examining the mucus membranes.
Common diseases that are routinely vaccinated for here in North Carolina include: Tetanus, Eastern Encephalitis (EEE), Western Encephalitis (WEE), West Nile Virus, Flu, Rhinopneumonitis, Strangles, and Rabies. Other diseases that may be encountered and have vaccines include Botulism, Venezuelan Encephalitis (VEE), Potomac Horse Fever, and Rotavirus.
Horses are exposed to parasites that are found in their environment. The amount of exposure depends on where your horse lives, how many other horses share the same environment, and how susceptible the individual horse is to parasites. The most common dewormers today are fenbendazole (Panacur or Safeguard), pyrantel pamoate (Strongid), ivermectin (Zimectin, Equimax), moxidectin (Quest), and Praziquantel.
We no longer recommend following the rotational deworming programs of the past. The problem that comes with indiscriminate deworming is the parasites build up a resistance to the deworming products, and these products are no longer effective. We recommend deworming horses based off of fecal samples collected and tested to verify the need for deworming. All horses need to be dewormed twice a year, even with negative fecals, to take care of tape worms and bots.
As time goes by, your gelding or stallion will collect dead skin cells, sweat, and dirt in his sheath. This can cause irritation and infection as it gets progressively worse. This debris will also collect at the urethral process (the opening at the tip of their penis). If it gets large and compact enough it is called a “bean” and can cause irritation and pain when your horse urinates. During the cleaning, the veterinarian will also be looking for wounds, tumors, and other abnormalities of the sheath and penis. Your male horse can be sedated and cleaned while standing. It is recommended to have this done at least once a year – typically when your horse’s teeth are checked.
At least once a year, your horse needs to have its teeth checked for any problems. If needed, your horse will be sedated and while standing, any sharp points or edges will be smoothed with a dental float.
Summit Equine Hospital
1600 E. Williams St
Apex, NC 27539
(919) 362-8879 (Local)
(855) 411-0811 (Long Distance)