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Horses have teeth too!
Dental exams and maintenance are important aspect of equine preventative health care. A horse’s teeth continue to erupt throughout its life and dental abnormalities caused by normal wear or injury can lead to weight loss, poor performance, or behavioral problems. The Snake River Veterinary Center recommends that your horse receives an oral exam by a veterinarian each year, beginning at a year of age. A veterinarian experienced in equine health care can diagnose and treat any problems your horse may suffer. Floating is the process of removing or correcting abnormalities in the dental arcade with the use of hand tools and motorized equipment and generally requires the horse to be sedated. If you have any questions regarding equine dental care or would like to schedule an appointment for an oral exam and teeth float, contact our office at (208) 452-7950.

Equine Deworming Programs
Current thoughts on equine deworming are moving away from the traditional programs that treat horses every 8 to 12 weeks with rotating products for internal parasites.  A more reasonable approach is to utilize fecal egg counts and parasite screenings to determine how often and what product to use to treat your horse. Parasite screenings are simple to perform and are conducted in house at Snake River Veterinary Center.  Give us a call or drop off sample of your horse’s manure for a fecal screening.

Pregnancy Detection in Cattle
Whether it is beef or dairy cattle, pregnancy determination and gestational age are important information to consider when making management decisions.  The veterinarians at Snake River Veterinary Center can provide this information and help you use its potential to help your bottom line.

Large Animal, small ruminant, and equine services are available either on the farm or at our haul-in facility.  Our equine section is equipped with padded stocks and an inside stall.  The large animal section is complete with a hydraulic squeeze chute and secure pens.  Listed below is a summary of some of the services we offer:

Herd Health: Snake River Veterinary Center is experienced in providing beef cattle producers and dairymen with a variety of herd health services including pregnancy detection, fresh cow checks, vaccination programs, breeding programs, and production problems.

Surgery:  Gelding, livestock castration, dehorning, displaced abomasums, cesarian sections, and a variety of other surgeries can be performed at our equine and large animal barn.

Lameness Evaluation: We can help diagnose and treat lameness issues to get that equine athlete back in the game or on the trail.

Equine Pre-purchase Exams:  Purchasing a new horse is sometimes a huge commitment.  A veterinarian can help you determine if a specific horse is right for you and the horses intended use, prior to purchase.

Imaging:   Snake River Veterinary Center is equipped with portable x-ray and ultrasound to meet a variety of imaging needs.  From joint evaluations to equine pregnancy detection, we can provide imaging to meet your needs.

Artificial Insemination:  Our veterinarians are experienced in equine artificial insemination with cooled shipped and fresh semen.  We can also help with beef and dairy cattle artificial insemination.

Embryo Transfer: Dr. Varriale is equipped to flush and transfer both bovine and equine embryos.  He can also freeze bovine embryos for future transfer.   

Parasite Control:  Testing, treating, and prevention of internal and external parasites are important to the health of horses and livestock.  Our veterinarians will help you develop parasite treatment and control programs specific to your needs.

Neonatal Care:  Diseases in newborn livestock can be devastating.  We can help you treat and prevent neonatal diseases in all livestock and horses.

Bull Breeding Soundness:  We offer complete bull breeding soundness evaluations (BSE) utilizing current standards for acceptable minimum traits in breeding bulls.   BSE’s provided by a trained, experienced veterinarian are the surest way to maximize pregnancy rates in your cattle.  Whether it is 1 bull or 100, Snake River Veterinary Center is able to service your needs.

Regulatory: We provide brucellosis vaccination and testing, tuberculosis testing, trichomoniasis testing, health certificates and other regulatory requirements for the interstate movement of livestock.

Medicine: Diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

In-house and referral lab services: Snake River Veterinary Center is equipped with a complete in-house laboratory capable of performing blood chemistries, complete blood counts, urinalyses,  parasite screening, and others.  We also utilize numerous referral laboratories to perform those tests we do not have available to us in-house.

Emergencies:  Animal emergencies happen and our veterinarians can help you deal with all types of large animal and equine emergencies including calving and foaling problems, colic, and injuries.  Call the clinic at (208) 452-7950 for instruction on contacting a veterinarian after hours.

Coggins Tests and Health Certificates:  We can help you determine what is required for you and your horse to travel across the country and provide the proper paperwork and laboratory testing.  Contact our office for help with your travel needs.

FFA and 4H Projects:  Livestock projects require an enormous amount of effort and dedication.  The staff at Snake River Veterinary Center can help 4H and FFA members with information about taking care of and preparing livestock projects for the fair.

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