Excellent preventative care is the foundation of your horse's well-being. A thorough physical exam at least once a year gives you and your veterinarian information your horse can't tell you. Many issues can be caught early or prevented altogether. When you get the preventative care right, you won't deal with as many problems in general. Also, you establish a relationship with your veterinarian so they are familiar with you, what is normal for your horse, and how you like to take care of it--just in case something goes wrong later. As a preventative care client, you'll receive priority for scheduling and response to emergencies.
-Medical binder with reference material and horse health records
-Deworming, fecal parasite egg counts
-Microchip placement and scanning
-Consultations on farm/barn design and safety
-Identification of toxic plants and other environmental risks
-Education on internal parasite, external parasite (e.g. fly and tick) control
-First aid kits available
"We have found that Dr. Suzanne is fun to work with, knows what she is talking about in great detail and has a great passion for her work. It is obvious in spending time with her that this line of work is not only her passion, it is her life. She has a lot of compassion for the animals she treats, as well as for the people that are going though this with their horses. Her skills in equine dentistry are top notch........radiographs, ultrasounds, blood work, vaccinations, lameness exams, whatever we need, she has always come through with a great attitude and a deep understanding of her trade. Over the years we have not only used her services, but are proud to be able to call her our friend as well." Scott Bayerl, Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation
When the unexpected happens, please don't hesitate to call. Most ailments can be treated successfully on the farm. If the horse would be best treated in a hospital setting, we will stabilize the horse and arrange for continued care at the appropriate facility.
I am so glad to know when I call I will have an experienced, awesome veterinarian coming to my rescue. Thanks for all you do!"
Alice Vysinka, Douglas Legacy Farm
Regular dental care is one of the best things you can do for your horse’s comfort and longevity, and is more cost-effective then trying to correct major dental problems that took years to develop before they were detected. We strongly recommends every horse have an oral exam at least once a year beginning at three years old. A complete oral exam requires light sedation and a speculum to hold the horse’s mouth open. We bring a safe dental halter that the horse can rest its head on, a light to see in the mouth, and a dental mirror to thoroughly examine all the sides of the teeth. Many owners appreciate the opportunity to look into their horse’s mouth and we encourage you to take a look or feel. Many dental problems can be caught early with oral exams, before the horse shows signs of trouble.
Floating teeth is the process of removing sharp points and overgrowths allowing the horse to have a normal chewing motion without pain. (Did you know that horse’s teeth "grow" most of their life?) Some horses require very little dental work throughout their life, while others may have alignment problems or missing teeth and therefore require floating as often as every six months or less.
Traditional hand floats are only effective at removing sharp points but not overgrowths. We use a motorized float so that she is prepared to make all the necessary corrections. The actual floating with this equipment only takes a few minutes on average, which is a huge advantage over hand rasp floating which can drag on and on. Horses tolerate motorized floating better than hand floating because it does not jerk their head and does not cut their cheeks or gums like handfloats are more prone to do. The motorized float has a diamond disk which minimizes heat production and is safe for soft tissue in the mouth. The most common extractions we perform are in young horses that need wolf teeth or retained caps (baby teeth) removed and old horses that have loose cheek teeth causing pain and infection.
-Thorough oral exams with safe restraint and excellent visualization of the entire mouth
-Routine and extensive equilibration (floating)
-Wolf tooth extraction
-Simple molar extraction
-Treatment of tooth abscesses or gum disease
Is your horse "not quite right" or definitely sick? We will start with a physical exam and offer other diagnostic tests as needed to get your horse on the road to recovery.
-Hormone imbalances such as insulin resistance
-Diagnosis and treatment of PPID (Cushing's Disease)
-Respiratory and sinus conditions
-Heaves (Recurrent Airway Obstruction)
-Muscle, liver, kidney disorders
-Genetic disorders such as HYPP
-Reproductive system disorders
Lameness is best treated after a specific diagnosis is made. The longer a horse is lame, the lower the chances are of it returning to soundness. Figuring out why a horse is lame is like solving a puzzle. Lameness exams can be very brief if the problem is readily apparent while other times it can take several appointments over a period of time to arrive at the diagnosis and start treatment.
Treatment options may include:
-opening an abscess, poulticing or soaking
-change in diet
-supplements for joint health
-therapeutic joint injections
-injections of medication
-wooden shoes for laminitis
-referral for shockwave or complementary medical services (acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, etc.)
Are you considering buying a horse in our practice area? We have become well known and respected for our thorough pre-purchase exams and would love to help you in this process. It can be rather simple and basic, or be much more extensive with the use of radiographs and bloodwork. We will spend time getting to know you and get familiar with what you are looking for and give you advice on the types of things that should be included.
Are you selling a horse? A professional pre-purchase exam helps protect you from accusations of hiding a horse's medical, lameness, or conformation issue. All too often buyers skip a veterinary pre-purchase exam, discover a problem with their new horse, and "go after the seller" in any number of ways. If you, the seller, encourage and facilitate a veterinary pre-purchase exam, there are much fewer problems with the buyer being disappointed in the horse and holding you responsible.
"I recently was in the market for a barrel horse and the one that I liked the most was in the state of Wisconsin. Which is a long long , long way from my state of New York. I called Dr. Suzanne and asked quite a few questions, as I had never had a finished performance horse vet checked. This was the best call I made! She explained everything to me, and left no doubts in my mind as to what we were checking physically and what blood work to have done. She explained, tests, results of the tests and pricing was right up front. All of this gave me peace of mind for the purchase of this horse. He arrived a few days later and I was extremely happy. Dr. Suzanne made buying out of state a nice experience." Karen Amshay
"Thank you, if I ever move to the Dells you would be my choice for a veterinarian."
Ready to breed a mare? We can work with you to maximize your chances of your mare conceiving and delivering a healthy foal.
-Mare breeding soundness exams
-Cooled semen AI
-Pregnancy confirmation, twin management
-Customized gestation calculator mailed to you for your mare's pregnancy timeline
-Uterine lavage, biopsy, treatment of infections
"Finally a vet who listens. Dr. Suzanne not only listens but she gets you the answers you need. She is very knowledgeable, yet not afraid to admit when she needs to do some research. She shows compassion and confidence with the horses she cares for. She is great at explaining choices in a way that is understandable. Her excellent care and dedication have been a great support to our breeding program here at Ostara Morgans. She walked us through the process of AI with our mare and a stallion from Montana. Then when our second foal did not get adequate colostrum she was right there."
Most mares deliver healthy foals without any complications. If you have any concerns, please give us a call. If everything goes well, we still recommend an exam of the mare and foal when the foal is 12-24 hours old to that we can verify that it received sufficient colostrum.
-Educational handouts on predicting foaling, the normal foaling process, and new foal care
-Assisting the mare with difficult birth
-Exam of mare after delivery
-Treatment for retained placenta, infections, or tears
-IgG testing, transfusion if needed
Don't mess around with eyes! Horses are uniquely susceptible to many different ocular conditions. Even minor ocular injuries that seem straightforward can become serious and threaten your horse’s vision very quickly if the horse is not treated correctly. If your horse’s eyes don't look right, if the eye is running or the horse is squinting, a veterinarian needs to examine the eye right away. Also, the longer the horse has pain in their eyes and the longer you have to put medications in the eye, the less they cooperate with treatments. The best treatment needs to be started from day one for optimum success and preservation of vision.
-Treatment for injuries and infections
-Identification and treatment of congenital disorders
-Uveitis and other immune-mediated disorders
-Surgery from mass removals, laceration repair, to complete enucleation (removal of the eye)
-Medical treatment using topical treatment or subpalpebral lavage
Sometimes surgery is the best choice. We will discuss the procedure with you and make every effort to control post-operative pain and prevent complications.
-umbilical hernia repair
-proud flesh removal
Horses are prone to lots of different skin disorders, and they often occur together! We will do the appropriate testing and customize a treatment plan.
-skin scrapes, biopsy
-treatment of allergic & auto-immune condtions
-various infections bacterial and fungal infections
-medical, surgical, or freezing of tumors
-pastern dermatitis ("Scratches")
-aural (ear) plaques, warts
-Teaching groups with their horses how to assess temperature, pulse, respiration and other basic medical assessments
-Seminars with topics tailored to your need and audience
"You are a very, very talented and gifted veterinarian and human being! You have set such a phenomenal example for all around you and I assure you, each and every student that has participated is enriched and now has a role model to look up to. My daughter worked with you in spring and came away from that experience so inspired and full of respect for you! I have had the pleasure to work with you several times, and I feel the same!" -Christine Achtermeier
Payment and Cancellation Policy
We require payment at the time of service in the form of cash, check, credit card, or Scratchpay. We also offer an automatic monthly retainer payment system. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know so we can discuss it with you.
Please give us as much notice as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you cancel with less than 24 open business hours notice, you will be responsible for a $50 cancellation fee.