Preventative Care

 

Elite Equine has a strong focus on preventative care for your horse.  Issues identified early in the disease process usually require less intensive, less expensive treatment and generally result in a better outcome. Horse owners already  practice preventative care by rugging, farriery, nutrition and conditioning work. Preventative care in horses, particularly performance horses involves many more elements for example:

  •      Gastric Ulcers (EGUS)

  •      Dentistry

  •      Arthritis (Chondroprotective agents)

  •      Podiatry (shoeing for performance)

  •      Vaccination programs

  •      Supplements

  •      Parasite control

 

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Geriatric Health & Management

 

Horses greater than 15 years old are considered geriatric,

  • As horses age they become more susceptible to certain disease processes,

  • A thorough clinical examination (or Annual Heath Check) will identify any abnormalities hopefully early in the disease process,

  • Common geriatric abnormalities we find is

    • Dental pathology     

    • Arthritis

    • Neoplasia (cancer)

    • Cardiac (heart) abnormalities

    • Metabolic diseases (eg. PPID / Cushing's disease)

  • Full blood examinations are a great screening test to assess internal organ function, electrolyte and protein levels, presence of inflammation, anaemia and evidence of infection,

  • All significant findings and the ageing process are discussed,

  • A management plan (including dental regime and diet) is formulated to ensure the health and well-being of your horse for the coming year.