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Located in McMinnville, OR    503-472-3471

Equine Services


Comprehensive Equine Care Services

For over 20 years, Valley Equine Veterinary Service Inc has offered complete equine veterinary care to horses and other large animals. Our caring, knowledgeable staff will help you keep your horse healthy and happy.

Lameness Evaluations

Many problems with horses that are commonly associated with attitude difficulties are actually related to lameness or pain. The team at Valley Equine Veterinary Service Inc is uniquely qualified to diagnose any such issues with your horse. If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, give us a call:
  • Bucking
  • Difficulty picking up or maintaining leads
  • Head tossing
  • Not traveling straight or crooked jumping and refusals
  • Sore backs and necks
  • Tail swishing
A lameness exam for your horse is a sensory exploration involving sight, feel and sound. Even a minor lameness that is identified and treated quickly can minimize the possibility of an injury. This will keep both your horse and yourself safe from harm.

Some common lameness issues:
  • Abscesses
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spavin
  • Injured tendons
  • Ligaments

Thorough Equine Exams

  • Your horse’s full medical history
  • A visual appraisal of the horse at rest
  • A thorough hands-on exam
  • Application of hoof testers to the feet
  • Diagnostic tests (such as X-ray, ultrasound, nerve or joint blocks, blood and tissue samples)
  • Evaluation of the horse in motion
  • Joint flexion tests

Equine Dentistry Experts

Valley Equine Veterinary Service Inc offers your horse complete, preventative and maintenance dentistry services. Our dental care services can be performed on-site or at our facility. Preventative dentistry lengthens your horse's life as well as improves their responsiveness when you are riding.

Our equine dental services include:
  • Basic floating
  • Dental X-rays
  • Extractions
  • Hand float and motorized dentistry
  • Incisor reductions
  • Molar contact corrections
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Performance horse dentistry
  • TMJ evaluation
  • Wolf teeth removal
Additionally, we offer both hand and power floating for routine dental maintenance. All types of horses are welcome here: from foals to seniors, routine and performance horses and minis to drafts.
Equine care

Foal to 5-Year-Old Equine Dental Health

Newborn foals should have their mouths checked soon after birth. Identifying an issue such as parrot mouth, sow mouth or wry nose at an early age will ensure the appropriate care is given to properly treat such troubles. Your foal's teeth will develop properly if their bite is normal.

It is recommended that a foal's teeth should be checked at one year of age (if they were normal at 3-month-old) and once again when turning 2-year-old. Or, when your horse begins training, thus preventing any bit or mouth pain. Wolf teeth should be pulled and points are floated. No bit slits should preferably be performed at this time. If caps are present and tight, a follow-up appointment may be recommended.

At 3-5 years of age, teeth should be checked annually unless your horse is showing any discomfort eating or with the bit. If so, their teeth should be checked every six months. Bit seats can also be done at this time.

Dental Health for Your Adult Horse

Some horses may not show obvious signs of pain or irritation, so routine dental exams are essential. If fractured, loose or missing teeth or any abnormal wear patterns are identified, the sooner the problem can be corrected. Horses with a normal bite and regular dental care should have healthy teeth throughout their lives. These exams also make sure your horse enjoys optimal health and nutrition as well.

Yearly dental examinations are recommended for horses ages 6-10 unless complicated dental problems arise that require monitoring. After the age of 10, we recommend a dental exam every 6 months unless the horse's mouth is in very good shape.

Equine Reproductive Care

At Valley Equine Veterinary Service Inc, we have over 20 years of experience in equine reproductive care. Our services in this area include:
  • Artificial insemination using cooled and frozen semen
  • Breeding soundness evaluations
  • Embryo transfer
  • Manual pregnancy checks
  • Semen collection and preservation
  • Stallion management consulting
  • Twin reduction
  • Ultrasound exams
for after-hours emergency care.

At Valley Equine Veterinary Service Inc, we are proud to be members of AAEP, ISLEP and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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