What is ‘wellness’ and why have a program for it? Also known as a preventive health program, wellness programs are designed to fit the custom features of the horses on your farm or stable. While most of the infectious or transmittable diseases we are concerned about preventing
in horses are similar by region or country, risk factors are not. One or more horses on your farm or stable may be at low risk of exposure to strangles, they therefore may not need to have a vaccination program to address its prevention. Wellness goes beyond disease prevention, it may also include nutritional consultation, feeding programs, stable ventilation, hay, pasture, and water quality, dental care, annual or semi-annual physical examinations, and last but not least, internal and external parasite control.
Each Horse Wellness Program can be custom designed to meet your specific needs. Call the office to arrange for Dr. Ley to set-up a program for you!
Did you know?
When Dr. Ley was a Professor at the Virginia-Maryland of Regional of Veterinary Medicine he developed the first Equine Wellness Program available for horses and the horse owning public in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
ATTENTION: A new law in Virginia now requires that all non-veterinarians performing dentistry must be licensed by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Health Professions. Read More Here.
More information on vaccination and parasite control:
Calendar based dewormings are ill-advised, as are rotational deworming programs. Fecal egg count reduction trials are highly recommended. Contact Dr. Ley to discuss this strategy.
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