Preventive Care and Wellness Programs


Waller Equine Wellness Program

Waller Equine Wellness Program is a plan that utilizes strategic de-worming and health care for each individual horse. On this program your horse will be eligible for the immunization guarantee through Boehringer Ingelheim. The program that offers a financial guarantee covering diagnostic testing and supportive care if your horse develops one of the following diseases that Waller Equine Hospital vaccinated against  • West Nile  • Equine Influenza  • Tetanus   • Eastern Equine Encephalitis• Western Equine Encephalitis  • Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis. 
For more information please contact our office at 936-931-2900.

Dentistry

Regular dental care is essential to your horse’s health and well being. A dental exam every 6-12 months is recommended to maintain proper position and contact of the teeth, and therefore allow your horse to be comfortable and perform at its best. A horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout its lifetime, and sharp points can develop along the tooth edges. Lack of regular teeth floating or filing may lead to inefficient chewing, discomfort with the bit, excessive tooth wear, and even broken or lost teeth. Signs that your horse may need its teeth floated can include dropping feed from the mouth, long stems of hay or whole grains in the feces, bad breath, episodes of colic or choke, head tossing and fighting the bit, foul smelling nasal discharge or swelling of the face. Having your horse’s teeth checked and floated regularly is the best way to prevent these problems and will help your horse live a longer happier life.

Individualized Parasite Control

Parasite resistance has been a problem for years in Europe. For the last couple of years, the veterinary community has come together to confront, and hopefully stop, the parasite resistance which is becoming a problem in America. We found that, as a whole, we are over de-worming which is leading to this parasite resistance problem. We only have a small amount of anti-parasiticides available and there are no new up and coming de-wormers, so we must make what we have LAST! As a result of the research that has been ongoing we have been able to categorize horses, based on a fecal egg per gram count, into three different categories: high, medium, and low shedders (each horse is unique). You can take a pasture of 5 horses in the same environment,same de-worming protocol, nutrition, age and two of these horses will be low shedders, two will be high shedders, and one will be a medium shedder. We need to base our de-worming protocols on that specific horse, its own immunity to worms, and its environment. De-worming protocols for each of these categories is below:High shedders will need to be de-wormed 5-6 times per year with two fecals Medium shedders will need to be de-wormed 3-4 times per year with two fecals Low shedders will need to be de-wormed 1-2 times per year with two fecals These de-wormings are done at certain times in the year to target the life cycle of the worm.

Individualized Vaccine Program


FoalsPerformance HorsesBroodmaresPasture HorsesComments
VEWT (VEE, EEE, WEE, Tetanus)1st injection at 5 months. 2nd injection one month later. Then, at 12 months old and yearly after that. If the dam is unvaccinated administer a tetanus antitoxin at birth and begin the vaccination series at 3-4months. In foals with unvaccinated mares give tetanus antitoxin at birth. Annual Booster Annual booster and booster 4-6 weeks before foaling Annual Booster Booster tetanus at time of a penetrating injury, or abscess. Give a tetanus antitoxin if the horse is unvaccinated at time of injury. Boost 4-6 weeks after initial dose if vaccination history is unknown. Typically vaccinate in the spring
Flu/Rhino6 months Booster every 6 months Booster 4-6 weeks before foaling Booster every 6-12 months Vaccines will not protect against neurologic form of Rhino.
West Nile Virus 1st injection at 5 months, second injection one month later. Then at 12 months old and yearly after that with the labeled yearly vaccine. There is a yearly or biannual vaccine available Booster 4-6 weeks before foaling There is a yearly or biannual vaccine available Be sure to booster before mosquito season
StranglesIntranasal:1st at 6-9 months then booster 3-4 weeks later Biannual booster if outbreak or with frequent interaction with new horses or history of strangles on the farm Booster 4-6 weeks before foaling, Biannual booster if frequent interaction with new horses or history of strangles on the farm Biannual booster if frequent interaction with new horses or history of strangles on the farm Vaccination is not recommended as a strategy in outbreak mitigation
Rabies 1st injection at 5 months. If mare is unvaccinated vaccinate foal at 4 months. Annual booster Annual booster before bred Annual booster Unvaccinated horses that are exposed to rabies or show neurologic signs are at greater risk of being euthanized
PneumabortNone None Give vaccine at 5, 7, and 9 months pregnancy

This protocol is based on the vaccinations we carry here at Waller Equine. It may be different depending on which vaccine you use.

Microchipping

Microchips provide permanent, positive identification for all ownership issues.
  • Positive I.D. by law enforcement in theft recovery cases.
  • Emergency response teams scan all recovered animals following disasters. Micro chipped horses that have been registered in HORSEtrac™can be quickly reunited with owners.
  • Transporting? Verification that a horse to be transported is in fact the correct animal, can be critical.
  • Breeding operation? The chip provides quick identification of look-alike foals and yearlings.
  • Microchips have been recommended as one method of permanent ID by the Equine Species Working Group for the USDA's National Equine ID Program.

Information provided by www.microchipidequine.com

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