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Equine Education

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Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic cares for your horse with the latest technology and techniques. It is just as important to us to help keep you up to date on the latest information available about horses and their care. When horse owners and their caretakers are informed, everyone benefits.

Potomac Horse Fever

What is Potomac Horse Fever (PHF)? Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) is a rickettsial disease of the horse first recognized in 1979 along the Potomac River in Maryland. The causative agent is Neorickettsia risticii which infects the enterocytes and colonocytes of…

Equine Herpesvirus

Equine herpesvirus type 1, also known as EVH-1, rhinopneumonitis or rhino, is a highly infectious disease in the equine population. The virus is easily spread by direct nose-to-nose contact, aerosolized nasal secretions up to 25 feet, contaminated tack, equipment and…

Dental Diseases

Horses have a unique dental structure in that they have evolved as grazing herbivores. Like humans, horses have two sets of teeth, deciduous (baby teeth) and permanent teeth. Adult horses have between 36-44 teeth. Dental anatomy can be broken down…

Choosing Hay

When choosing hay for your horse: It’s what’s inside that counts. Ask that one or several bales are opened so you can evaluate the hay inside. Do not worry about slight discoloration on the outside, especially in stacked hay. Choose…

Delivery for the Mare

If your mare has made it through 11 months of pregnancy, you’re almost home free. Labor and delivery, while momentous, are generally uneventful. In most cases, you will simply need to be a quiet observer – if, that is, you…

Emergency Preparedness

IMPORTANT: If your horse is experiencing an emergency, please call us at 855-EQER-365 (855-373-7365), Extension 0. To be adequately prepared in the event of an emergency with your horse: Keep your veterinarian’s number near or inside each phone, including emergency and…

EPM

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a master of disguise. This serious disease, which attacks the horse’s central nervous system, can be difficult to diagnose because its signs often mimic other health problems, and signs can range from mild to severe.…

Equine Parasites

Internal parasites are silent killers. They can cause extensive internal damage, and you may not even realize your horses are heavily infected. At the very least, parasites can lower resistance, rob the horse of valuable nutrients, and cause gastrointestinal irritation…

Foal Nutrition

A healthy foal will grow rapidly, gaining in height, weight and strength almost before your eyes. From birth to age 2, a young horse can achieve 90 percent or more of its full adult size, sometimes putting on as many…

Gastric Ulcers

Ulcers are a man-made disease, affecting up to 90% of racehorses and 60% of show horses. Stall confinement alone can lead to the development of ulcers. A horse’s feeding schedule also can be a factor. When horses are fed just…

Geriatric Horses

When caring for an older horse: Observe the horse on a regular basis. Watch for changes in body condition, behavior and attitude. Address problems – even seemingly minor ones – right away. Feed a high-quality diet. Avoid dusty and moldy…

Normal Vital Signs

Normal vital signs for an adult horse include: Temperature: 99-101ºF  Pulse Rate: 36-40 beats per minute  Respiration Rate: 12-16 breaths per minute  Capillary Refill Time: < 2 seconds  Mucous Membranes: Pale pink The doctors of Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic recommend…

Pre-Purchase Exams

Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come with a money-back guarantee. That’s why it is so important to investigate the horse’s overall health and condition through a purchase exam conducted…

Preventing Colic

When seeking to prevent colic in your horse: Establish a daily routine – include feeding and exercise schedules – and stick to it. Feed a high-quality diet comprised primarily of roughage. Avoid feeding excessive grain and energy-dense supplements. (At least…

Signs of Laminitis

Every day, veterinarians across the country see hundreds of cases of laminitis, a painful disease that affects the feet of horses. Laminitis results from the disruption of blood flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae within the foot, which secure…

Weight Reduction

Tips for reducing your horse’s weight include: Be patient. Weight reduction should be a slow, steady process so not to stress the horse or create metabolic upsets. Make changes in both the type and amount of feed gradually. Reduce rations…

West Nile Virus

To reduce your horse’s risk of contracting West Nile virus: Vaccinate your horse against the disease. In February 2003, a vaccine was licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Veterinary Biologics for use in healthy horses as an…

Cold Weather Care

When extreme cold weather grips the Great Lakes Bay Region, we at Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic remind you to take extra care in ensuring your horse’s safety. Among our recommendations: • Routine: Maintain your horses’s normal schedule as much as…

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Mailing Address
7319 Tittabawassee Rd.
Saginaw, MI 48603 
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Phone (989) 790-7339
Fax (989) 790-7399

Emergency Line (855) 373-7365 ext 0

Hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Emergencies

Having an emergency after regular business hours? Please call our emergency line to speak to a veternarian at

(855) EQER-365 EXT 0
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