Growing older can be a beautiful thing. With modern medicine, years of life can be added to your special horses living out their retirement. Our team is passionate about geriatric dental care and nutrition.
Horses require different vaccines and levels of care depending on their activity and environment. We partner with our clients to help determine what is best for your horses and customize a vaccination and wellness program for each individual animal. We ensure vaccines are stored, maintained, and administered properly, and help enforce manufacturer-based guarantees of efficacy. When our veterinarian vaccinates your horses, you can trust we will be there to support you every step of the way.
We recommend yearly wellness examinations to all clients looking to provide the best care possible. An annual comprehensive physical exam can help identify disease sooner, and regular nutritional guidance, as well as fecal testing and deworming recommendations, are essential to maintaining health and quality of life.
Poor dental health can result in bad behavior, head shyness, as well as dental disease, malnutrition, and even choke and colic. Horses routinely require dental planing or “floating” to ensure they are able to chew and swallow food comfortably, as well as accept a bridle and bit. Through sedation dentistry offers a calm, positive, and safe experience for both animal and veterinarian while ensuring a proper oral examination is performed to find loose, cracked, or diseased teeth earlier.
We perform field surgery right at your farm to keep your horse comfortable in their own environment. From mass removals and laceration repairs to castrations (geldings), we perform high-quality surgical procedures using advanced techniques that result in low rates of post-surgical complication and infection.
Coggins testing is required for all horses to eliminate a deadly, untreatable, and highly contagious disease called Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). To enforce this eradication program, horses must have an up-to-date negative Coggins test every year to leave their home farm. We provide timely Coggins test collection, submission and results return so you can worry less and ride more.
Lameness examinations and early diagnosis of disease play a key role in the longevity, prognosis, and quality-of-life of both performance and leisure horses. We combine keen eyes, years of sports medicine experience, and high-quality medicine and Ultrasound to best diagnose and advise treatment for mild to severe lameness. From hoof abscesses to laminitis, we can help ensure your horse stays comfortable.
Everyone has those sick days. We regularly diagnose and treat nasal discharge, coughing, respiratory issues, wounds, skin infections, eye injuries, and other common and uncommon ailments. We also help develop a biosecurity protocol should we diagnose a contagious infectious disease to help keep any other animals at your home safe and healthy.
We utilize state-of-the-art Ultrasound technology to safely and accurately diagnose and stage pregnancy in mares. Whether on the farm or in our clinic, our doctors can help answer the question that will help you prepare for months to come and help foster a healthy pregnancy by recommending a progressive pregnant mare vaccine protocol to reduce the risk of complications and pregnancy losses.
Testing for metabolic diseases can be the missing link in figuring out the cause for multiple complex issues. We only utilize labs with exceptional standards like our own to ensure we get the most accurate, timely, and cost-effective results to help you make healthcare decisions. We can help diagnose Cushing’s disease, metabolic syndrome, as well as other endocrine diseases.
It’s never an easy decision. We approach end-of-life with care, understanding, and compassion. We will support you every step of the way and make the experience as comfortable as possible for you and your animal. We are always here for you, especially on the worst days.
Veterinary Specialist Referral
Even we know when we have reached our limit. It’s within our core values to ‘stay humble.’ If the medical issues presented are more than we can handle or require levels of care we can not provide, we will help you partner with a referral facility to help you and your horse get the help and care you need.
We understand emergencies happen, and a lot of times, they happen outside of business hours. Crete Vet is always here for our clients. Day, night, weekend, or holiday. Our team of large animal doctors rotates calls, so your vet on-call is always available and is rested, fresh, and ready to triage and treat emergencies with a clear mind. From colic and choke to severe lacerations, you can always rely on Crete Vet to be there when you need us most and be happy to help.
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