Services

Equine Ambulatory Services

We provide the latest technology in radiography, ultrasonography, upper respiratory endoscope, gastroscope, laceration repair, foaling assistance, and much more. Your horse’s health is our top priority, so we offer the assistance of experienced professionals with fully-equipped ambulatory vehicles around the clock.

Wellness

Annual wellness examinations are strongly recommended to help maintain your horse’s health. Wellness examinations may help detect subtle changes in your horse before they become more significant problems. Each horse’s Health Wellness Program is tailored to that individual’s needs. Regular care can help to prevent or mitigate a number of serious diseases, including services such as:

  • Vaccinations

    Temeku Equine supports the principle that core vaccines for horses at this time include annual vaccination against Rabies, West Nile, Tetanus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and Western equine encephalitis (WEE). Depending on the risk Rhinoneumonitis and Influenza may be recommended semi-annually. Strangles is also available on a per risk basis.

  • Deworming

    It is recommended that a need-based deworming program is put in place on every farm, as determined by quantitative fecal egg counts. This is the best way to prevent resistance to anthelmintics.

  • Oral Exams

    Though there are some horses that do not need yearly dentals, there are many that could benefit from a dental tune up at least once a year. A yearly check is the best way to determine the needs of your horse.

  • Bloodwork

    There are many disease processes that can be diagnosed with a complete blood work up. Kidneys, liver, muscle and infectious diseases can all be signaled from blood tests.

    In hospital Temeku Equine offers several tests which lead to a quicker turn-around and faster diagnosis for your animal, which include:

    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Chemistry
    • Fibrinogen
    • Serum Amyloid A

    If further tests are needed we also work closely with many laboratories to fit the specific needs of each horse.

Emergency

Though we may take every precaution to protect our horses emergencies can still happen. This is why Temeku Equine offers emergency care 24/7. One of our veterinarians is always on call to help in an urgent situation either at the hospital or can go to the farm with our fully stocked trucks.

If you have an after hours emergency, please call one of our doctors directly: Dr. Huth at 951-595-5767 or Dr. Rosenberg at 951-595-3938.

Geriatric

Due to improvements in nutrition and health care, horses are living longer, more productive lives. As your horse ages, the level of care and nutritional needs also changes. Lameness evaluations and regular management are recommended for the geriatric horse. Dental care can also be very different with diseases such as EORTH and smooth mouth becoming more common, which can also lead to a necessary change in nutrition. Annual bloodwork may also be recommended to develop a baseline and monitor internal organ function accordingly. By providing proper care and nutrition, you can help make your horse’s later years happier and more productive.

Reproductive Work

Breeding your horse is an exciting undertaking that requires the assistance of a skilled veterinary team.

Breeding Soundness Examination

  • Perineal conformation evaluation
  • Palpation and ultrasonography of reproductive tract per rectum
  • Manual and speculum examination of caudal reproductive tract
  • Uterine culture and cytology procedures
  • Endometrial (uterine) biopsy and histopathology interpretation

Breeding Management

  • Assessment of whether mare is in estrus
  • Regular palpation and ultrasound examination to follow estrus cycle
  • Hormonal therapy to induce ovulation for timed breeding

Artificial Insemination

  • Cooled-extended semen – typically shipped overnight and inseminated within 24 hours of ovulation
  • Post-insemination management to ensure uterine health for conception

Maintenance of Pregnancy

  • Close monitoring of the early embryonic development beginning around day 14 to day 60
  • Monitoring fetal, placental and hormonal heath and development during gestation
  • Caslicks procedure
  • Exogenous progesterone support, ex. altrenogest (Regumate, Altren)
  • Ensuring health of the mare prior to foaling: vaccination, adequate nutrition, etc.
  • Preparation for foaling

Farrier Consult

Cooperation between the farrier and a veterinarian is an important part of your horse's foot and leg health. A thorough lameness workup can be completed by our office to achieve a diagnosis that is then discussed with the farrier. In addition to a physical lameness workup, radiographs are taken to have definitive measures of the hoof. With this data the veterinarian and farrier can work side by side to help you horse be its best.

Lameness Diagnosis

Lameness describes a structural or functional disorder of the limbs or spinal column that can be observed while the horse is moving and/or standing. The most common causes of lameness are trauma or infection. Should your horse exhibit indications of lameness, we can provide comprehensive lameness evaluations to determine the cause and solution. Evaluations include a thorough history, physical exam, flexion tests and movement observation. Additional diagnostics may include:

  • Nerve and/or Joint Blocks
  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasonography
  • Endoscopy
  • Neurological Exam
  • Under Saddle Observation

Once the location, nature and extent of the problem is determined by the veterinarian, we will recommend a course of treatment to help heal your horse and allow him or her to return to regular activity. We offer a range of treatments, including (but not limited to):

  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Therapeutic Joint and Tendon Sheath Injections
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic

Equine Chiropractic Care

The basis of chiropractic therapy is that proper function of the musculoskeletal system allows the rest of the body, particularly the nervous system, to function properly as well. When this happens, the body is able to heal itself, fight disease, and maintain optimal health.

A chiropractic adjustment is applied to a vertebral subluxation complex, where the joint between two vertebrae has lost its flexibility. The goal of the adjustment is to restore normal mobility to the joint, thereby stimulating normal neurological reflexes and reducing pain and muscle spasm.

Chiropractic should be considered for any horse that suffers from neck or back pain, joint stiffness, poor performance, or an altered gait that is not associated with overt lameness. Chiropractic care is appropriate in the maintenance of joint and spinal health which is important for the equine athlete.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins and cortisol, all of which have positive healing effects on the body.

Our veterinarians at Temeku Equine use a combination of techniques to stimulate acupuncture points. Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Most animals are comfortable with acupuncture therapy and become very relaxed during treatment.

Acupuncture has been used successfully to treat many acute and chronic conditions including, musculoskeletal problems, such as muscle soreness and compensatory back pain, traumatic neurological disorders and generalized body soreness.

If you have an emergency, please call Dr. Huth at 951-595-5767 or Dr. Rosenberg at 951-595-3938.