Whether it’s your Champion barrel horse, your child’s first pony or your senior citizen, the team at York Veterinary Services brings a passion for caring for, diagnosing, problem solving and treating the whole horse.
We Are Proud to Offer Equine Preventative Health Wellness Plans. In an effort to help you keep your horse at his best, York Veterinary Services offers a Wellness Program bundling preventative care services together at a discounted rate.
Platinum Plan This all inclusive wellness plan provides the optimum preventative care for your horse. This package includes twice yearly wellness exams with consultation about nutrition, soundness and parasite control. Biannual vaccines, a coggins test, Wellness lab-work including a Comprehensive Blood Chemistry profile and Complete Blood Count, two fecal egg counts, an oral exam and motorized dentistry with sedation are included. This plan also provides a musculoskeletal exam with limb palpation, and soundness evaluation.
Gold Plan This plan offers an alternative to the Platinum Plan. The package includes twice yearly wellness exams with consultation about nutrition, soundness and parasite control. Biannual vaccines, a coggins test, Wellness lab-work including a Comprehensive Blood Chemistry profile and Complete Blood Count, two fecal egg counts, an oral exam, a musculoskeletal exam with limb palpation, and soundness evaluation. This plan does not include motorized dentistry with sedation.
Silver Plan This Plan offers an alternative to both the platinum and gold plans. The package includes twice yearly wellness exams with consultation about nutrition, soundness and parasite control. Biannual vaccines, a coggins test, two fecal egg counts, an oral exam, a musculoskeletal exam with limb palpation, and soundness evaluation. This plan does not include motorized dentistry with sedation or wellness lab-work.
Physical Exam and Consultation A physical exam is one of a veterinarian’s most valuable diagnostic tools and is one of the most important aspects of routine preventative health care for your horse. A physical exam includes evaluation of your horse’s vital parameters (temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate). Your veterinarian will also auscultate (listen to with a stethoscope) your horses heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Auscultation of these organs can identify heart murmurs or arrhythmias, abnormal lungs sounds indicative of various respiratory issues, and can potentially identify the presence of sand within the large colon. A basic ocular (eye) exam is also performed to detect any significant abnormalities and/or age-related changes. The body condition of your horse will also be assessed and a weight tape will be used to estimate their weight. Following the exam, your veterinarian can consult with you on any significant findings noted on the exam and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Vaccinations In addition to proper management, vaccination is generally considered one of the important and cost effective methods of disease prevention. Your veterinarian will consult with you regarding the vaccination needs of each individual horse. Many major vaccine companies now offer vaccine guarantees, which provide financial assistance for diagnostics and treatment if your horse were to become ill from a disease that it has been properly vaccinated against. However, your veterinarian must be the one to vaccinate the horse to insure the vaccines have been properly handled.
Oral Examination and Dental In addition to a physical examination and vaccinations, routine dental care is another important aspect of your horse’s overall health care plan. As a part of our Wellness Program, a thorough oral exam will be performed under standing sedation with an oral speculum. Examination also includes the use of a mirror and a dental explorer/pick. If deemed necessary, motorized dentistry will be performed to remove any sharp enamel points which have developed and correct any mild abnormalities including hooks, ramps, or wave mouth. A thorough oral exam also allows us to identify more advanced conditions such as a loose or fractured tooth, or periodontal disease. Treatments for these types of conditions are not covered under the Wellness Program and will be referred to a equine dental specialist for more advanced care.
Fecal Parasite Analysis and Sand Sedimentation Due to the development of parasitic resistance, our approach to deworming is now based on fecal egg counts. This allows us to determine an individual horse’s parasite burden and develop a deworming program specifically based on that horse’s needs. Every horse should be dewormed twice yearly. Any additional deworming will be based on the results of the fecal analysis. By using this method we are helping to reduce the overuse of dewormers. Keeping your horse’s parasite burden low may decrease the risk of colic, anemia, and respiratory problems which can arise due to migrating larvae. Included as part of the fecal analysis, is a sand sedimentation test. This test helps to identify horses carrying a large amount of sand in their gastrointestinal tract.
Coggins Test A Coggins test is a performed to identify the presence of antibodies in the horse’s blood against the Equine Infectious Anemia virus. This virus is transmitted by biting flies and there is no vaccine or cure for this disease. This test is required for most horse shows, boarding facilities, and interstate travel. A Coggins test is good for one year.
Soundness Assessment A muscular/skeletal exam includes limb palpation, evaluation of your horse on a straight line, and full limb flexions. Further diagnostics or treatment of any lameness noted in the exam is not included in the Wellness Program.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Chemistry Profile A yearly CBC and chemistry profile are included in our Gold High Performance Wellness Plan and our Geriatric Bronze Wellness Plan. We are also offering just the CBC as an add-on option for our Silver Wellness Plan. This routine blood work is another tool in monitoring your horse’s overall health status. The CBC is used to identify any signs of anemia, infection, or inflammatory disease. The chemistry profile is an indicator of organ function by measuring enzymes and electrolytes in the blood and comparing them to a standardized range.