PReventative Care

We know how much you value the health of your animals, and we are constantly working to provide excellent preventative care to keep your horse looking and feeling his best. Preventative equine care not only keeps your horse performing at the top of their game, it can help your horse stay healthy as they age. We recommend biannual visits to keep your horse healthy and happy.

To help maintain your horse’s health, we offer a variety of services that can be tailored to the individual horse. These include immunizations, dentistry, parasite control, nutritional consultation, lameness evaluation, and the treatment of any other medical conditions or injuries. A leading ambulatory Wisconsin Equine clinic, we offer comprehensive preventative care customized for our patients.

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Purchase Examinations

Are you looking to buy a horse? Getting a thorough veterinary examination before purchasing your next horse can help ensure that your new mount is healthy and sound, as well as alert you to any preexisting conditions or problems that may require additional management in the future.

Each purchase examination can be tailored to meet your needs. If you aren’t sure what your needs are, we’re happy to discuss your goals and plan the best course of action. Typically, a purchase examination includes a complete physical and oral examination, soundness and neurologic exam, podiatry and ophthalmic assessment. Other services that might fit your needs include radiograph, ultrasound, endoscopy, blood work, and a reproductive exam.

At the end of your purchase examination, you will receive a written report to help you understand what we found and assist you in making a good decision about purchasing your next horse.

Equine Dentistry

Just like people, horses require routine dental care. We recommend biannual check-ups to prevent and treat any issues that might develop. While dental care is essential if you notice any issues with your horse’s teeth, routine care is important for a variety of other reasons, including:

  • Preventing bit and performance issues

  • Helping your horse efficiently process hay and grain

  • Prolonging the lives of geriatric horses

  • Preventing infections or discomfort from tooth problems

To assess your horse’s oral health, we both look and feel for any issues in your horse’s mouth. If the teeth need attention, we use sedation to maximize comfort and safety, while using specialized dentistry tools and expertise to address any concerns.

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An endoscope is a wonderful tool that allows us to visualize the horse’s upper airway from the nasal passage to the trachea, or their reproductive or urinary tract, by using a fiber-optic camera. Endoscopy is used for a variety of issues, including respiratory problems, discharge from the nostrils, evaluation of the function of the upper airway, and various urinary and reproductive concerns.

Using the endoscope to visualize the airway, we can see if there are any conformational, traumatic, infectious, tumor-related or neurologic abnormalities. With the help of the endoscope, we will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.


Cryosurgery involves using liquid nitrogen at a temperature of approximately -330°F to freeze problematic tissue while minimizing damage to healthy tissue, particularly in ocular and genital regions. If your horse has unwanted or challenging masses, like sarcoids or other tumors, cryosurgery might be a good solution.

After assessing the problem and coming up with an appropriate treatment plan, we will use a device containing liquid nitrogen to pinpoint and destroy the problem tissue. Some conditions require several treatments to achieve a successful outcome. After the area is treated, white hair may grow in the treated area, a side effect of being subjected to extreme cold.

Internal Medicine

Just like people, horses get sick or develop issues with their internal organs. Your horse may have a fever, act abnormally, or just seem lethargic or not quite right. Some common internal organ issues include hormonal issues, liver or kidney failure, muscle disorders, heart conditions, digestive tract disorders, respiratory disease or dysfunction, and neurologic conditions. These can dramatically affect the life and performance of your equine partner.

We offer a complete evaluation of your horse’s condition, including a thorough physical examination, appropriate laboratory testing, and other diagnostic evaluation using ultrasound, radiographs, and endoscopy. Once a diagnosis is reached, we will design and provide an appropriate treatment and monitoring program for your horse.


Equine microchipping is becoming much more common, just like microchipping canines. This easy, painless form of permanent identification is rapidly growingly in popularity, and is now required for many breeds and competitions.