Veterinary Care for Foals and Horses
If you have horses, chances are you have a very special relationship with them. Make sure to get them the best care from day one. Not all veterinarians are skilled in equine care. However, Dr. Michael J. Suit, DVM, LLC in Fort Collins specializes in horses and foals. Come to us for experienced, compassionate care for foals, including birth and weaning.
Veterinary care for healthy foals starts with making sure the mother is healthy and ready to deliver. Prenatal care and delivery are critical times in the life of a mare and her foal. We help them along the way with comprehensive mare and foal exams.
Our equine veterinarian services include:
- IgG (foal antibody test)
- Tetanus antitoxin
- Plasma transfusions and E. .coli endotoxin antibody (upon request)
Foal Vaccines and Care Schedule
Foals require vaccines soon after birth to protect them while their immune system is still developing. Within the first 48 hours, we perform the following services: E. Coli endotoxin, Tetanus Antitoxin, and IgG Level check. We do not deworm foals until they are a little older.
At 2 months, no vaccines are recommended, but we use Strongid for deworming. When your equine turns 3 months old, we provide Ivermectin for deworming. If your mare has pre-foaling vaccines, you can wait for the 6-month mark to start vaccines. However, for horses born April-June, we recommend starting at 3 months.
At 6 months, your foal is ready for several vaccines, including strangles, rabies, influenza, tetanus, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, Rhino(EHV) and West Nile diseases. We also take a fecal sample for analysis. When horses turn 7 months, they receive boosters for tetanus, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, strangles, Rhino (EHV), West Nile, rabies, and influenza.
At age 10-12 months, foals receive their last "foal" vaccines, after which they follow an adult fecal testing and deworming regimen. The vaccine protocol includes Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis, influenza, tetanus, West Nile and Rhino (EHV).
With the right veterinarian, weaning doesn't have to be stressful for the foal and mare. We transition them over a 5-day period and ensure that both horses get the nutrition they need.
Contact us today at (970) 218-7947 to find out about our other equine veterinary services in Fort Collins, CO. We love horses as much as you do, and it shows in the superior care received from Dr. Michael J. Suit, DVM, LLC.