Equine

Wellness Program

To sign up, call us at (207) 865-9998 or sign up online!

Preventive medicine is an important aspect to your horse’s health.  With our wellness program, your horse’s basic healthcare will be well-covered.  An important aspect of our plan is that your horse will be examined by one of our veterinarians twice a year.  This allows our veterinarians to be on the farm to get to know you and your horse.  Twice yearly examinations help us identify medical issues early and discuss preventive medicine topics such as parasite control, dental care, hoof care and nutrition.   Each examination also takes into account seasonal influences for improving the level of care and well-being of your horse.

Our Wellness Program helps maximize your horse’s health and your veterinary health care budget, with significant savings off regular pricing.  An additional incentive is that the discounts are based upon the previous year’s prices (we discount 2017 pricing for the 2018 enrollment period).  We often experience annual price increases from our suppliers, so this is another great way to lock in savings for your routine care.

Please see our Conditions of Enrollment.

NOTE: Due to the variability of farm call locations, fees and circumstances, the price of the plan below does not include the Farm Call Fee; however, at enrollment, your specific farm call fee will be calculated, discounted and prepayment will be included as part of your personalized program cost.  You will receive two discounted farm calls per year as part of the program.

Our 2018 LEVEL ONE WELLNESS PACKAGE includes:

  • 2 Discounted Farm Calls (one spring/summer & one fall/winter).  Prepaid at time of enrollment.
  • 2 Routine Physical Examinations.  An assessment of overall body condition and health.  Exam includes eyes (ophthalmic), teeth (dental), heart, lungs and abdomen, hooves and skin.
  • Core Vaccinations
    • Spring Rabies, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis + Tetanus, West Nile and Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis
    • Fall Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis
  • Coggins test (once annually)
  • 2 Fecal Egg Counts (one spring & one fall)
  • Sheath/udder cleaning (while sedated for dentistry)

The following services can be added to the program at a discount

  • *Discounted dental services w/sedation.  Level One enrollees receive $60.00 off dental services.
    • *Dentals are not discounted from March through June due to scheduling demands.  They will still be provided as needed, but not discounted.  To receive discounted dental service, please schedule from July through February.  Discount applied once per year.
  • 10% off Additional vaccinations, such as Lyme, Strangles and/or Potomac Horse Fever
  • **20 % off Routine laboratory screening:  CBC/Chemistry panel; Thyroid Panel; Vitamin E & Selenium levels; ACTH/Insulin levels; Lyme titers
    • **Discount applied once per year at a single appointment.  Will be applied to as many or as few tests as you’d like run at a single visit.  Excludes Fecal Egg Count.

Our 2018 LEVEL TWO WELLNESS PACKAGE includes:

  • 2 Discounted Farm Calls (one spring/summer & one fall/winter).  Prepaid at time of enrollment.
  • 2 Routine Physical Examinations.  An assessment of overall body condition and health.  Exam includes eyes (ophthalmic), teeth (dental), heart, lungs and abdomen, hooves and skin.
  • Core Vaccinations
    • Spring Rabies, Eastern and Western Encephalomyelitis + Tetanus, West Nile and Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis
    • Fall Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis

The following services can be added to the program at a discount

  • *Discounted dental services w/sedation.  Level Two enrollees receive $55.00 off dental services.
    • *Dentals are not discounted from March through June due to scheduling demands.  They will still be provided as needed, but not discounted.  To receive discounted dental service, please schedule from July through February.  Discount applied once per year.
  • 10% off Additional vaccinations, such as Lyme, Strangles and/or Potomac Horse Fever
  • 15% off Coggins tests (1 annually) and Fecal egg counts (1 or 2 annually)
  • **10 % off Routine laboratory screening:  CBC/Chemistry panel; Thyroid Panel; Vitamin E & Selenium levels; ACTH/Insulin levels; Lyme titers
    • **Discount applied once per year at a single appointment.  Will be applied to as many or as few tests as you’d like run at a single visit.  Excludes Fecal Egg Count.

Enrollment continues through January 31

Acupuncture

THE FINEST CARE FOR YOUR HORSE IN MAINE. Judd started studying veterinary acupuncture in 1989 after attending a lecture by Dr. Allen Schoen. Over the last 11 years while receiving regular acupuncture treatments himself, Dr. Judd used acupuncture to treat a variety of different animals, including horses, cattle, cats, dogs, rabbits, goats, and pigs. Animals are usually quite accepting of acupuncture treatment, and when used to complement western veterinary medicine, can be a very powerful healing tool.

Examples of problems that seem to respond especially well to traditional Chinese medicine would be musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis, traumatic injuries like sprains, strains and pulls, back soreness and neck and shoulder injuries. Dermatologic disorders have shown nice responses to acupuncture. Positive results are seen allergic skin disease in both dogs and horses, as well as lick granulomas in dogs (a very frustrating syndrome where the dog will start licking an area, usually on the foreleg, until a non-healing ulcer forms).

Human acupuncture has a high success rate treating asthma, and we see similar results in treating some cases of heaves (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in horses and feline asthma. Dr. Judd has also had some recent experience working with behavioral problems in dogs and horses that has been quite rewarding.

Post operatively, acupuncture is very useful for treating pain, depressing and to speed healing of damaged tissues.

As in human acupuncture, veterinary acupuncture can be used to ease the stress associated with the change of seasons, and to help prepare an athlete for an event, two examples of the prophylactic use of this centuries old discipline.

There is no question that the beneficial effects of acupuncture are starting to be appreciated in modern western society, and that the powerful synergy of the two forms of medicine (eastern and western) has a lot to offer all of us and our companion and working animals.

Vaccinations

Vaccination of horses has become a hot topic among equine veterinarians. There is not one vaccination program that is appropriate for every horse, every time. There is limited research regarding long term efficacy of many of the vaccines we use (due to lack of economic funding and incentive). Therefore, we vaccinate yearly and sometimes more often, as discussed below.

Of course our primary interest is focused on what is best for our patients as far as balancing benefits and risks of vaccination. For the large majority of our patients, side-effects from vaccination are very rare. We are able to give all “spring” shots on one day with little to no negative effects reported.

The following guidelines have been developed through years of experience, as well as through information and consensus reported from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The vaccines will be listed starting from what we consider “core” vaccines to what we see as more “elective” vaccines. These are recommendations for healthy adult horses who have been vaccinated appropriately in the past. If we have a patient with unknown vaccination history, or a new foal or pregnant mare, these guidelines differ significantly. We will coordinate a specific program for your individual horse based on their age, overall health, and risk factors.

Dentistry

One of the primary services offered by Dr. Judd and Equine Veterinary Service is equine dentistry. For many years, Dr. Judd has participated in conferences and working toward certification with the International Association of Equine Dentistry (IAED).  Many regard the IAED as the premier organization representing equine dental technicians and veterinarians in equine dentistry. We approach equine dentistry with the goal of balancing the equine mouth.

The Equine Dentistry Article, provided below, was written by Dr. Thomas Judd, and discusses many of the common questions about dentistry for your horse. This article also explains certain terms and conditions in greater detail.