What We Do
At All Creatures Veterinary Clinic we offer a wide variety of vet services for your animals. We believe investing in the health of farm families and their animals through low stress, quality, preventative veterinary care and education is key for a balanced, sustainable, rural way of life. We also provide important veterinary services for the sick animal such as in-house comprehensive blood work, ultrasound, digital radiology and orthopedic surgery.
Yearly Health Exams, Procedures and Tests
Prevention is the best medicine. A yearly exam can catch problems early and determine if any management changes need to be made or treatment started. A wellness exam that assesses your horse’s whole body is required to ensure the horse is healthy enough for vaccinations.
Coggins–A negative Coggins test is required for travelling and means your horse is free from Equine Infectious Anemia. EIA is a contagious, non-treatable disease carried by mosquitoes.
Fecal – The fecal test determines what type and quantity of parasites your horse has and how much it is shedding to other horses. It allows us to design the appropriate deworming protocol that will be made specifically for your horse.
Equine Early Detection Panel (Bloodwork, Coggins, & Fecal) – Bloodwork will measure your horse’s organ function (ex. kidneys and liver), as well check for anemia and white blood cell count abnormalities. Early signs of disease can be picked up on bloodwork before symptoms are observed
An oral exam should be an annual part of your horse’s health exam. Horse’s teeth are naturally worn down by chewing. Their sideways chewing motion can create sharp points on the outsides of the upper teeth and the insides of the lower teeth and can create ulcers on their tongues and cheeks. Grains typically require less chewing and can create faster growth of the teeth while grazing horses naturally wear down their teeth by the continuous grazing and the dirt they pick up. Dentals performed can smooth these points and correct most dental problems. Routine oral exams can also pinpoint many problems including missing teeth, misalignments creating hooks, wave mouth, tooth abscesses, and infections within the teeth or gums. Oral exams and dentals are recommended yearly for adults and every 6 months for seniors or horses that present more severe dental problems. Just a few of the signs that your horse needs a dental include dropping weight, dropping feed, fighting the bit, acting painful in the mouth, head tossing, and behavioral problems suddenly occurring under saddle.
A buildup of smegma produced in a horse’s sheath can create a ‘bean’ which can be painful and irritating if not removed. Fungal or bacterial infections can also occur inside the sheath. The possibility of melanomas and other tumors are more common as the horse ages. Swollen sheaths, strange discharge or smells coming from sheath, urination complications, and growths on the penis are good indications that your horse needs a sheath cleaning. Sedation is usually required so it is recommended that we clean after performing an oral exam or dental.
Chiropractic is an effective method of improving range of motion, reducing pain, and improving nerve, muscle, and organ function without the use of medicines. “Adjustments” are small, quick movements performed to realign the spinal canal in order to correct the body’s own maintenance and protective systems. The nervous system controls the whole body, and a nerve that isn’t working correctly can affect several muscles, tendons, and organs. Chiropractic can complement a range of treatments in improving both performance and quality of life, while reducing the need for prescription medications. We provide chiropractic care for equine, bovine, small ruminant, and small animal!
Yearly Preventative Vaccines
Eastern & Western Equine Encephalitis/Tetanus/West Nile Virus Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis and West Nile are generally untreatable, deadly diseases spread by mosquitoes. These cause disease of the brain and/or spinal cord. Tetanus is a bacteria found in the soil, which causes rigid paralysis. This disease can also be fatal if not treated in the very early stages. Tetanus Tetanus is caused by a bacterium that can be found in soil and droppings just about everywhere. It survives in the environment for long periods of time. It enters the body through wounds, particularly puncture wounds if the wound is dirty. Puncture wounds on the sole of the foot are common sites of infection. Infection can be acquired via the intestines, after eating contaminated soil or droppings, through gastric or intestinal ulcers. In foals, infection can occur via the umbilicus (navel). The tetanus bacteria do not need oxygen and multiply rapidly in the damaged tissues at the site of the injury. They produce a toxin and it is this potent neurotoxin that causes the classical signs of tetanus. Rabies A contagious and fatal viral brain disease of dogs and other mammals that causes madness and convulsions transmissible through the saliva to humans. Skunks, raccoons, and bats are commonly rabies positive in TN.
FluVac Innovator Rhino/Influenza This vaccine protects against two highly contagious respiratory diseases: equine herpes virus (EHV), and equine influenza (flu). Herpes can also cause a fatal disease of the brain and spinal cord. Leptospirosis Lepto is a disease that is extremely prevalent in Tennessee. It can cause late-term abortions, kidney disease, and moon blindness. Wild animals and cattle can carry this disease, and vaccination is especially recommended if your horse has access to ponds or streams. During pregnancy, it is normally given at the same time as Pneumabort at the 5 and 7 month vaccinations. Strangles Strangles is a bacterial respiratory disease in horses that causes a runny nose and infection of lymph nodes. The disease can spread rapidly through a herd. Vaccination is recommended for horses that are boarding, showing, trail riding and/or traveling. Titer check may be recommended based on age and exposure. Pneumabort Pneumabort is for the vaccination of healthy pregnant mares as an aid in the prevention of abortion due to EHV-1 and is normally given at 5, 7, and 9 months of pregnancy.
Specific Exams and Procedures
Too often there is someone that finds a horse they would like to buy and result in having lameness, behavioral problems, or they just aren’t the right fit for each other. Pre-purchase exams allow the veterinarian to try and uncover any pre-existing conditions a horse might have and expose health concerns not apparent to the naked or untrained eye that could present management issues now or later. These exams are highly recommended to anyone wanting to make an informative decision on buying a horse or when the buyer isn’t physically able to see the horse in person before purchase.
These exams include:
Basic health evaluation- health history, temperature, pulse, respiration, general condition, and conformation
Lameness assessment- flexion tests, soft tissue palpation, and movement evaluation
Optional – X-Rays, Ultrasounds, and Bloodwork
An opthalmic exam is a thorough examination of the horse’s eyes and the surrounding tissues and can identify numerous potentially vision-threatening problems. Your horse’s normally bright eye may be swollen shut and draining profusely or you may notice your horse’s pupil is constricted and is tearing. Calling a veterinarian at the first signs of ocular distress can allow a prompt diagnosis and, further, allow treatment to begin earlier, giving the horse the best shot at a full recovery.
Ultrasounds for Cycling and Pregnancy
Postpartum Uterine Flushes
Caslicks Insertions and Removals
ACTH Only or + Insulin, Leptin, and T4
Serum Amyloid A - Testing for presence of infection
Highly Trained Veterinarians
The vets in our Morrison office have been providing excellent care to the local Equine community for many years. Our clinics pride ourselves on staying up to date on new medicines and surgical techniques while maintaining decades of experience from practicing senior veterinarians.