One of the most important choices you will make as a horse owner will be choosing a vet for your animal. Many people do not realize that horses are very different from other animals. For this reason, it is important that you seek out a veterinarian with specific training in equine care. This professional is called an equine veterinarian or horse veterinarian. Most vet practices do not provide equine services, making it necessary to have a vet for your horses and another vet for your other animals. At Animal Hospital of Hodges, serving Jacksonville, FL, we provide all of the veterinary services you need in one location, including equine services. Keep reading to learn more.
Why Do I Need an Equine Vet?
An equine vet will be specially trained in evaluating and treating the medical issues specific to horses. Symptoms of illness manifest very differently for horses than they do for other animals. An equine vet will be able to provide your horse with regular checkups and services such as vaccinations, worming, and dental care. If these routine treatments are not done in a timely and appropriate way, it can affect the long-term health of your horse.
What about Emergencies?
When emergencies happen, the last thing you want to do is waste time looking for a vet that is qualified to treat your horse. This is why it is highly recommended that as soon as you become a horse owner, you get your horse signed up with a qualified equine vet nearby. Even if your horse is not currently experiencing any problems and is not currently due for any treatment, you should set up an appointment with an equine vet. This will give the vet and the horse an opportunity to “meet” and you will be able to rest assured knowing that when you need the services, you are ready to go.
Remember not all veterinarian practices can treat horses. Just because your other animals have a vet does not mean you will be able to call that vet during an emergency involving your horse. It is in your best interest to find a vet that will be able to care for all of your animals at one practice. This will save you time and money in the long run.
To learn more about our services, call us at Animal Hospital of Hodges, serving Fruit Cove, FL. We will be happy to answer your questions. Our number is 904-992-1888.