Equine Care

Care You Can Count On

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At Southwood Veterinary Clinic, we understand what horses require and what horse owners want. Call us today for equine care in Jamestown & Carrington, ND.

EQUINE CARE

As horse owners know, horses require not just good medicine, but someone comfortable working with horses.  Dr. Greg Carlson is an accomplished horseman who has competed in equestrian events for over 30 years.  He understands what horses require and what horse owners want.   Dr. Carlson has a thriving equine practice state wide that includes show horses, performance horses and rodeo horses.

EQUINE SERVICES

  • Lameness, insurance, pre-purchase, and health paper examinations
  • Brand inspection, and Coggins testing for travel and competition; and assistance with DNA testing
  • Radiology for lameness and prepurchase
  • Laboratory Services – blood chemistries, cytology, fecal examination
  • Nutritional recommendations for breeding, performance, and aging horses
  • Routine castration surgery as well as many other emergency and nonemergency surgeries
    *Southwood does not perform colic surgery

HORSE VACCINES

Southwood offers a full line of vaccines and the knowledge to help you choose the best program for YOUR heard and production plan. We will gladly work with our producers to special order products to fit your unique needs.

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Equine Dentistry

ABOUT

A horse’s teeth are the most overlooked and under treated of all equine pathologies.

When you consider how a horse eats, grazing, and how we use our horses, placing a bit in their mouth, their teeth and their ability to grind and have teeth contact each other without pain is by far one of the most important factors in a horse’s overall health and well being.

Horses’ teeth also continue to grow their entire life.  If a tooth is lost or broken, the opposing tooth can literally grow into the opposing gum, locking the jaw and preventing chewing.

In working and show horses, an unbalanced mouth can lead to poor performance and lack of responsiveness.  A good mouth can give you a competitive edge!

All equine dentistry requires sedation for the veterinarian to reach safely all the way to the back teeth (horses have teeth almost to the level of their ear!). Dr. Carlson has developed a safe and effective sedation protocol he can use in all horse breeds, sizes, and ages. They recover quickly and are ready for the ride home.

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SIGNS TO LOOK FOR

Signs of dental disease/bad teeth you will see in horses are:

  • Poor Hair Coat

  • Weight Loss

  • Inability to Gain Weight

  • Quidding, or Slobbering Grain

  • Shaking Head When Bridled

  • Reluctance to Take Bit

  • Turning Head to Side or Bobbing When Eating or Chewing

  • Blood in Saliva

*REMEMBER

Vaccinations can be administered at the time of a dentistry.

LOCATION OPTIONS

Dr. Carlson  can perform dentistry in the clinic or at the stable, if proper restraint and water can be provided. He is  willing to travel if groups of ten or more horses can meet him in one barn.