Geriatric Horse check ups generally are done more than an adult horse’s annual check-up
Listening to your horses heart
This is done with a stethoscope and should be listened to on both the left and right side of a horses chest just behind the elbow. Normal heart rate in a horse is 30-45 beats per minute. Normal respiratory rate for adult horses is 8 – 12 breaths per minute.
Listening to your horses lungs can be very telling
Horses with respiratory distress emit wheezing and rasps which you only can hear with a stethoscope and experience.
Checking the gastrointestinal tract
A horses gastrointestinal tract is made up of two main parts – the foregut and hindgut. The foregut consists of small intestine and stomach. The hindgut or large intestine consists of cecum and colon.
Blood tests can give valuable insight
Blood can be tested for multiple things and is recommended on a annual basis. When done along with physical exam and horse history blood tests can give valuable insight or detect trouble before signs of a problem show up.
Meet Dr. Silvia Colladay DVM
Orange County’s #1 Mobile Equine Veterinarian who has a special love for her Geriatric Patients. Special diet and nutrition, love and preventative maintenance will help your horse live a longer, healthier and happier life. It is very important to find a horse vet that has a balance between medical, herbal and diet for your older horse. Healing and recovery is always harder on an older horse so its very important to be proactive and see a veterinarian more often. Also making a nutrition plan that is very specific and sticking to it is at the top of the list. If you have any questions regarding Geriatric Horses please call.