Equine and Large Animals

Woodland Veterinary Clinic is equipped to handle your animals large or small. You can opt to load your horses or llamas into a trailer, or we can make the trip to you. Common veterinary needs for your larges animals are:

Exam, vaccinations and deworming
Your horses, llamma, cattle, spend the majority of their lives outdoors. This simple fact alone leaves them at risk to contract diseases if not on a proper vaccination schedule. This routine should also include deworming to keep internal parasites in check.

Being outdoors means there are more objects that can poke or cut your animals. Branches and sticks, metal from fences, gates, barn doors, are just a few things that might cut your animal. It is important to monitor, and if necessary treat these cuts immediately to avoid unnecessary infections, and to promote good healing of the wound.

The digestive tract of a horse is a one way road. If there is something in the way causing a blockage, this can lead to considerable abdominal pain, and even death. Signs to look for are any of the following: lying on the ground, rolling from side to side, pawing repeatedly with the front feet, raising a rear leg and kicking at the stomach, looking back at the flanks, curling the upper lips and arching the neck, sweating, stretching as if to urinate, straining to defecate, distention of the stomach, loss of appetite, depression, and decreased bowels. If you are noticing behaviors that are out of the normal, including those listed, contact a veterinarian immediately.

If your animal is standing awkwardly, walking differently from usual, and is generally unable to stand or move normally, there could be an underlying cause due to trauma, infection, possibly a disease of the nervous or circulatory system, or a metabolic disorder. Some common reasons for lameness in horses are thrush, which is a bacterial infection starting in the hoof, or founder, which is the disjoining of tissues inside the hoof wall which causes severe lameness.