Dorr Veterinary Hospital


Wellness Exams:  Regular preventative care is one of the main reasons we see horses living into their 30's and actively being ridden into their 20's.  A complete wellness program includes regular vaccinations, deworming and dental care. 

Pre-Purchase Exams:   A pre-purchase examination is requested by the buyer of a horse.  It is not meant to guarantee soundness but to ascertain any pre-existing or potential problems that may effect the future soundness of the horse. 

Lameness Exams:  Lameness is a result of an altercation in a horse's gait.  It is usually caused by pain in the neck, withers, shoulders, back, hips, legs or feet.  Identifying the source is essential. This would  include a thorough medical history  and  gait evaluation that would be conducted on a flat, hard surface.    Lameness examinations are performed at the clinic where we have the ability for further testing, such as radiographs,  ultrasounds  and diagnostic nerve blocks. 

Dentistry:  Poor dental health is one of the main causes of colic in horses. We offer care from  routine floats to performance horse dentistry and extractions of the wolf and cap teeth.   We use current tools and techniques to ensure a safe, comfortable treatment.  

Vaccinations:  Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your horse healthy.  Foals should receive their first vaccinations at 6 months with boosters one month later.  After that, they will be on a yearly schedule.  Adult vaccines are typically administered annually, in the spring and fall.

Deworming:  Intestinal parasites can cause varied symptoms such as colic, diarrhea, weight loss and poor performance.  Severe infestations can be life-threatening.  There is no set worming program that suits all horses and situations, as it will depend on the  age of the horse, pasture management and geographic location.  Appropriate management for your situation should be discussed. 

Laboratory: Our clinic is equipped with a variety of blood analyzers for performing complete blood counts, chemical profiles and electrolytes.  We can perform routine fecal analysis, analysis for intestinal bleeding (ulcers), urinalysis, dermatology scrapings and slides for cytology in the office.  In some cases, we use outside laboratories for complex specimen analysis and for Coggins (EIA) testing.

Imaging:  X-rays are used to support clinical findings.  They allow the doctor to see through tissue to  examine boney lesions and some soft tissue lesions.   

Ultrasound:  This is another technique that gives evaluation of the soft tissue areas.  It is an effective diagnostic tool for viewing the tendons, ligaments, internal organs, reproductive tract and growing fetus.  

Endoscope: This equipment allows the ability to evaluate the upper airway and respiratory tract, as well as the bladder and uterus.  

Reproduction:  Pregnancy can be accomplished using fresh, chilled or frozen semen.   Artificial Insemination  (A.I.)  has become a popular routine procedure for breeding.  The whole process involves monitoring the oestrus cycle of the mare and inseminating her close to ovulation.

Infertility:  There are many causes of infertility or sub-fertility in both the mare and the stallion and an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward treatment.  The infertility could be due to age, infection, reproduction disorders, or developmental abnormalities.  To diagnose the mare, uterine biopsy, endometrial swab or  ultrasounds might be needed.  The stallion might need a physical examination, ultrasound or a semen analysis.  

Delta Sales Yard:   Monitoring horse conditions from 1983-2002 and 2008-present

Farm calls available.

*after hours emergency service available for established clientele.

Dorr Veterinary Hospital
1070 Highway 92
Delta,CO 81416

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