B.W. Furlong & Associates provides first rate veterinary care for routine and emergency needs. Preventive medicine and routine patient care, including vaccinations, deworming, Coggin’s tests, and health certificates, are performed regularly by a number of our veterinarians.
We proudly offer contagious equine metritis (CEM) quarantine services at the privately owned Ri-Arm Farm in Oakland, NJ. There, mares recently imported to the United States undergo an approximate two week quarantine period where they are tested for the organism that causes CEM, a venereal disease of horses caused by the bacterium Taylorella equigenitalis. Cultures are obtained from the mare’s clittoral fossa and sinuses on Days 1, 4, and 7 of the quarantine period. A cervical culture is also obtained on day 7. During the second week, the clittoral sinuses and fossa are washed with 2% chlorhexidine and treated with nitrofurazone for five consecutive days. Blood samples for CEM, Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins Test), and Equine Viral Arteritis testing are also submitted for each mare. After the treatment period, the mare is released from CEM quarantine once three negative cultures are confirmed. Routine health care services, such as vaccinations and dentistry, can be performed by our veterinarians during your mare’s quarantine period.
Routine dental equilibration, also known as floating, is offered in conjunction with full oral exams to ensure that our patients have functional, healthy teeth. These services are offered primarily by Dr. Hays, who uses precise and efficient power dentistry to offer the best services. Routine thorough dental care by a veterinarian is the best preventative measure to avoid malocclusions, dental disease, and other potential health complications. Horses with dental issues will benefit from the practice’s proficiency in dental radiology and advanced procedures such as cheek tooth and incisor extraction.
The concern over the increasing resistance of parasites to our available dewormers remains high for expert parasitologists. Many horses will develop some natural immunity to infection, while others continue to shed high amounts of parasite eggs into the environment, acting as reservoirs of contamination. Fecal Egg Counts (FEC) can be used to monitor the parasite burden and type for each horse and should be performed on all horses at least 10-12 weeks following the most recent deworming. We recommend biannual fecal egg counts in order to determine the most effective deworming plan for each individual horse.
Based on core vaccine recommendations from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and regional disease risk factors inherent to our area, complete vaccination guidelines for our practice include:
- Round 1 – Eastern/Western Encephalitis, West Nile, Tetanus and Equine Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis
- Round 2 – Potomac Horse Fever/Rabies and Botulism
- Eastern/Western Encephalitis, West Nile and Equine Influenza/Rhinopneumonitis and Potomac Horse Fever
Foals and newly imported horses still need to receive their initial series of all of the above vaccinations. Talk to your veterinarian for details.
Geriatric and severely immunocompromised horses may receive a modified schedule. This should be discussed with your veterinarian on a case-by-case basis.
If your horse has an FEI passport, please provide your passport to your veterinarian to have the vaccination history updated in a timely manner.
Routine wellness exams are key components of any effective health care program. Veterinary evaluation of your horse should be performed yearly in order to detect subtle health changes that may arise. Based on exam findings, additional recommendations may include bloodwork, dietary or shoeing modifications, and exercise programs aimed towards keeping your horse happy and healthy.