Caledonia Veterinary Clinic

Equine Services

Our Equine Services at Caledonia Veterinary Clinic:




Wellness/Preventative Services
- These include examinations, routine vaccinations, dental care including teeth floating either by hand or using a Powerfloat, fecal egg counts & deworming recommendations, feeding/nutritional assessments, lab testing & performance horse assessments.

Coggin's Testing and Health Certificates - A current negative Coggin's blood test and a health certifcate are required for any horse to cross state lines. Some equine events and shows may also require a Coggin's test. In Wisconsin, a "current Coggin's test" is a blood sample that was drawn and found to be negative for EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) during the current calendar year. In other words, a negative Coggin's test is good until Dec. 31 of the year it's taken. A health certificate is provided after a veterinarian examines the horse, record's the body temperature and finds that the horse has no signs of infectious or contagious diseases. A health certificate is usually good for 30 days from the date of the exam.

Pre-Purchase Examinations - A PPE is an extensive physical examination including a locomotion/lameness evaluation done for the potential buyer of a horse prior to purchase. The information gathered is used by the prospective buyer and/or agent to help them decide if they want to purchase the horse. The PPE may also include laboratory testing, drug screens, and radiographs. If the horse is to be used for breeding, reproductive evaluations may be done. A written report is usually provided to the potential buyer.

Senior Care
- Older horses can have inapparent health care issues that can be identified and treated before they become a problem. If your horse is over 15 years of age we recommend a complete physical examination and blood testing to establish baseline values. Any special concerns can be addressed, such as teeth problems, nutritional needs, chronic lameness concerns or other medical issues. Many problems can be treated and/or managed to help improve the older horse's comfort and quality of life.

Lameness Exams - A lame horse may have an obvious problem such as a non-weight bearing or swollen leg or a more subtle lameness. We use a variety of techniques to help identify the source(s) of a lameness including physical examination and palpation, checking the hooves for soreness with a hoof tester, walking & trotting the horse in-hand, lunging, flexion tests, nerve blocks and joint blocks. Radiography (X-rays), and laboratory tests may also be done to further evaluate the source of your horse's lameness.

Newborn Foal & Mare Exams
- We recommend having newborn foals examined on the first day of life. The mare and the afterbirth (placenta) are also examined. An IgG blood test on the foal can be done at the farm to make sure the foal ingested enough colostrum (first milk) and has sufficient antibody levels to help keep it healthy.

Surgery - We provide routine surgeries such as repair of lacerations, biopsies, and lump/tumor removals. These are usually done at the farm, but can also be done at the clinic. More complicated procedures and colic surgeries may be referred to a specialist or equine surgical hospital.

Please call us for more information about our equine services, if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a farm call or clinic visit: (262)681-8000. We look forward to helping you keep your
horse(s) happy and healthy!

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