Wellington Equine Services can perform many vet services for your pets, include vaccinations, deworming, blood tests, ear exams and basically anything else that can be done on your farm.
Due to the limitations we have with providing intensive emergency care on the farm, we do not provide out of hours emergency services for your dogs and cats. In the event of an emergency out of hours, please call: Campus Estates Animal Hospital at 519-837-1214.
Wellington Equine Services offers laboratory analysis through remote laboratories. A sample (such as blood, biopsy, etc.) will be collected from your horse on the farm and sent to a laboratory. The results will be reported to you as soon as we receive them. The turnaround time varies depending on the test performed but most results are available the next day.
We do perform Fecal Egg Counts in house. All that is required of you is a sample. Two to three fecal balls are needed and can be kept in a refrigerator for up to a week before analysis.
Many of our clients are now using fecal egg count to monitor parasites in their herd, this has had the positive e result of deworming less frequently and thus saving a lot of money. This method ensures that your horses are not harbouring drug resistant parasites which could impact their health.
An annual dental exam is recommended to make sure your horse’s mouth remains in good shape and to avoid problems before they become an issue. Young horses up until the age of 6 should have their teeth examined every 6 months. This is the time that adult teeth are coming in to replace the baby (deciduous )teeth and there are a lot of changes happening in your horse’s mouth. Again, heading off problems early can make a world of difference in a horse’s career.
A proper dental exam is essential before a horse’s mouth can be floated. This cannot be done without a good headlamp and a mouth speculum so that we can see all of your horse’s teeth. Sedation is always used to avoid danger to your horse, the vet or yourself. Usually a powerfloat is used which is a motorized device for grinding teeth. Power dentistry is more efficient and reduces trauma to your horse’s mouth. Hand floats are still important and both types of equipment may be used during an exam. We realize that not all horses will tolerate a powerfloat and manual hand floating can be done in these circumstances.
Wellington Equine Services in conjunction with Elora Gorge Animal Hospital are pleased to be able to provide your pet with spinal care service. Please contact us to discuss how we can help your pet. We also offer these services for horses!
Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy is a safe form of gentle and natural therapy that focuses on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems in your pets. The nervous system controls everything in your pet’s body and is intimately related to the spine and vertebral column. If the joints of the vertebral column do not move as they should, this will affect the nerves that enter and leave the spinal cord. These nerves transfer information between the brain, spinal cord, organs, muscles, and other parts of the body.
VSMT care is not a replacement for traditional medical and surgical techniques but can be an important adjunct in the care of the animal as a whole; below are some of the benefits:
- Acute neck and back pain
- Limited performance, recovering from surgery
- Reluctance to move, climb stairs, or jump into raised areas
- Signs of pain when performing certain movements or being lifted
- Undefined lameness, ambling or slow gait, worn down nails on one or more paws
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Lick granuloma on legs or paws
- Recurrent ear or anal gland infections
- Altered sitting positions (so-called “puppy sitting”)
- The animal lies on only one side
- Recurrent digestive problems
- Dripping urine or inability to hold faeces
Please contact us to discuss your pet and to determine if VSMT can help!
The images are available immediately. This allows us to save valuable time to plan a course of action in the case of an emergency such as a fracture. Also, the veterinarian can decide if the image is of acceptable quality and can take more radiographs if needed. This saves time and money involved in having to travel back to the farm to take more images. It is also convenient for consultation with experts as the images are readily saved to a disk or emailed.
We can also provide you with basic surgical services right on your farm. We have your horse’s comfort and safety as our number one priority. Pain management is very important and will not be overlooked the day of your horse’s surgery.
- Caslick’s Surgery
- Third eyelid mass removal
- Tumor removal
Wellington Equine Services provides both pre-purchase and insurance exams. Pre-purchase exams are done for the buyer of a horse. They are invaluable to ensure you are buying the right horse for you. Knowing what discipline you intend for the horse will help the veterinarian decide whether the horse is a good match or not. A lot of time and money is involved in purchasing a horse, so do not be hasty in your decision.
A veterinarian should not do a pre-purchase for a horse with who they know the seller. This is a conflict of interest and a bad idea. No information will be released to the seller unless it is with the buyer’s permission. Do not accept a seller’s claim that a horse has been ‘vetted’ because this may just mean they have seen a veterinarian previously. A pre-purchase is a fact-finding session and can be very informative for the buyer and seller. It is in no way a guarantee on your horse’s future health or soundness but a present day assessment. All horse’s have defects and can develop a condition at any point in time. A veterinarian cannot give you a value assessment for the horse. That is your decision and different people will pay different prices for the same horse. It is also important to discuss with your veterinarian before the exam what you consider a certain level of ‘perfection’ the horse must have for the use you have in mind. A veterinarian will go over the horse with a fine tooth comb and discuss any abnormalities or blemishes with you. No horse is perfect, but can you live with his problems?
Pre-purchase exams performed by Wellington Equine Services provide a general health exam, superficial eye exam, soundness exam and flexion tests. Radiographs are additional and can be performed with our digital x-ray machine. This saves time and frequents visits to the farm to get perfect radiographs. After the exam, we will discuss our findings with you and may recommend additional tests, exams or x-rays. Finally, you will receive a written report of our findings. The whole exam may take between 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.
Vaccines are an important part of your horse’s health care and is a wonderful opportunity for us to visit your friend so we can discuss any concerns you have. We offer vaccination for Rabies, Tetanus, Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis (herpes), Eastern and western Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and Strangles.
Worms! That dreaded word that makes horse owners cringe. Worms can be a significant problem and can lead to issues such as colic, poor body condition and poor performance to name a few. Now is the time that we have to be proactive about your horse’s deworming schedule.
An Annual Wellness Exam is a great chance for us to become familiar with your horse and for your horse to become comfortable with us. The can allow us to identify potential issues and allow us to suggest management changes that can maximize your horse’s health and happiness.
Equine reproduction is our passion!
We offer reproductive services for both stallions and mare. The majority of Dr.Christina Mohos’ continuing education focuses on reproduction and foal management.
We offer breeding services to horses of all breeds, from Standardbreds to Fjords. Wellington Equine Services has much experience dealing with broodmares. We offer breeding services and can offer advice and expertise when dealing with problem mares.
It is important to get your foal off to a good start. This can make a world of difference in the way your foal will thrive in the future. Ask us if you have any questions concerning foal vaccines, deworming or management.