EQUINE MEDICINE

From Ranch to Trail, Rodeo to Backyard, Your Horse’s Care Is Our Priority

Experience, Compassion, and a Personal Touch

At Headwaters, we take pride in offering high quality medicine with realistic expectations. We offer routine preventative care including dental work,  vaccination and anthelmintic (deworming) programs, lameness exams and treatment, reproduction and minor equine surgeries. Our equine barn has two indoor stalls with “comfort stall” padded flooring offering outstanding relief for horses with any kind of limb pain, as well as an expansive treatment area allowing us to work inside in a clean environment.

veterinarian listening to a horses heart with a stethoscope
tan colored horse in a holding stall at Headwaters Veterinary Hospital
veterinarian cleaning a horses shoes

Frequently Asked Equine Questions

How often should my horse be “dewormed?”

Equine anthelmintic programs are quite variable depending on the environment and lifestyle of the horse. Ideally, fecal samples are the best way to determine how often and with which product is best for your horse.

Do you offer dentistry or “float teeth?”

YES. We offer routine dentistry as well as more extensive dental work-ups.

Do you perform colic surgery?

No, we do not perform colic surgery at Headwaters. We do medically treat colic cases however, including overnight hospitalization, but if surgery is required, we refer to a local, board certified equine surgeon.

Do you castrate horses?

YES. We offer equine castration either here at our equine facility, or as an outcall.

Does my horse need to be Strangles vaccinated?

Maybe. Strangles vaccination is considered to be an “at risk” vaccination by the AAEP; Thus, you need to speak with your veterinarian prior to strangles vaccination about your horses lifestyle. Measuring your horse’s titer (immunity level) is something we often do at Headwaters prior to vaccinating your horse for strangles.

Can I give my horse “Banamine” in the muscle?

NO. Injectable Banamine for horses is only for intravenous (IV) injection. Banamine injected IM can cause severe side effects. If you are not comfortable with IV injections, your veterinarian should administer or you should use oral Banamine paste.

Can I give injectable sedation to my horse when needed?

NO. Injectable sedation by law has to be administered by or under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. There is an oral sedative (Dormosedan Gel) that your veterinarian can prescribe and can be given by the owner.

Do you offer boarding for horses?

We do not board horses; our facilities are medical only.

How quickly can I get a Coggins test done? Do I need an appointment?

We are able to get a Coggins result for you overnight. It is helpful to call and tell us you need a quick appointment to avoid delays.

Will you work on mules and donkeys?

Yes.

We ♥ Our Clients and Their Animals

"Our vet clinic of choice for all of our four-legged friends and business partners, large and small. Thanks to Dr. Kelly Hall for keeping our horses productive and to Dr. Liza Hall for keeping our dogs, cats, and hounds happy and healthy."

Kail & Renee Mantle

Montana Horses, Inc. | Big Sky Hounds

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Contact Headwaters Veterinary Hospital today to schedule an appointment for your large or small animal.