Adult Horse Information
We believe that instead of placing your horse on an arbitrary deworming schedule, horses should only be dewormed when necessary. The best way to determine if your horse needs to be dewormed is to have a fecal analsysis performed. A fecal analysis will not only determine if your horse is carrying eggs, but also what type of eggs. This information will allow us to advise you about what type of dewormer you should be using and how often you should be giving it to your horse.
Having a good manure management strategy is key to parasite control.
It is always a good idea to vaccinate all horses for Tetanus. This is a cheap and simple vaccine that can save the life of your horse.
If you are planning to travel with your horse at all, or if he is often in contact with other horses at a boarding stable or community riding arena, you should vaccinate him for Influenza as this is spread through nose-to-nose contact. FluAvert, an intra-nasal vaccine, is the most effective vaccination.
In the fall of 2013, a horse in the area contracted West Nile Virus. Therefore many clients choose to vaccinate against West Nile.
If you are planning to travel with your horse outside of British Columbia, it is best to be in contact with one of our veterinarians to discuss a specific vaccination schedule.