Dear KVA Clients,
With autumn drawing near, we just wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to each and every one of you. We are coming upon the second anniversary of our practice ownership. It is hard to believe that the time has gone so quickly! As new business owners, we couldn’t help but hope that the transition of the practice from the Hendersons would be as smooth as possible. Many of you have been with this practice for decades! We have strived to provide the reliable, quality service that you have come to know and expect from the practice.
Since we started here, there have been some changes, which we are sure you have recognized. Important to ensuring the health of your horses, we felt that it was time to update the vaccine and deworming protocols to the latest recommendations.
You have likely seen reminders or discussed with us the benefits of vaccination against Botulism, a toxin that causes rapid paralysis and death to horses, even in minute doses. This was added to our list of recommended vaccines in fall 2016, after a highly informative client seminar sponsored by the manufacturer of the vaccine, Neogen. The initial vaccination program is a series of 3 doses, then annual boosters are all that is necessary to maintain protection against Botulism. Please feel free to talk to any of the doctors or technicians if you are interested or have more questions regarding this vaccine.
Our targeted deworming protocol has been simplified. After 3 consecutive fecal tests, we are able to classify your horse as a low-, moderate-, or high-shedder. This determines how many times per year you should deworm your horse. After that, an annual test is all that is needed to confirm that your horse’s class of egg shedding has remained consistent. Fall deworming should occur for all horses, after the first hard frost. We are recommending using Ivermectin (Zimecterin) or Ivermectin/Praziquantel (Zimecterin Gold or Equimax) for fall deworming. The other deworming that should occur for all horses, regardless of shedding class, is in early spring (March). Your spring deworming product should be Moxidectin (Quest) or Moxidectin/Praziquantel (Quest Plus). If your horse is a moderate- or high-shedder, we will advise you on which products and times of year your horse needs to receive additional deworming. If you have questions or concerns about this plan, we encourage you to call the clinic so that we can discuss them.
Over the past two years, we have been blessed to get to know you and your horses, and provide guidance and assistance to you in both the good times and the rough times. As horsemen and women, loving horses is not always an easy task – they constantly challenge and test us, find ways to surprise us, and sometimes even break our hearts. But it is their majestic grace that grips us, and our unspoken bond with these beasts that binds us. Though our workdays are never just 9-5, and with horses you come to expect the unexpected, we can truly say that we are passionate about what we do. Kopec Veterinary Associates is committed to fostering an innovative healthcare partnership with you and your horse.
Thank you for your steadfastness and embarking on this great adventure with us! We are looking forward to a lifetime of being horse-crazy with you.