Large Animal Vet in Arab
At Arab Veterinary Hospital, we offer large animal medicine and surgery. Our doctors will be more than happy to schedule a farm call in order to evaluate your large animal needs. We have the experience to treat large animals in the areas of Arab, Guntersville, Cullman, Huntsville and Blountsville. Horses should see a large animal veterinarian every year for vaccinations, parasite control, teeth cleaning, grooming, and hoof care. Meanwhile, cattle benefit from annual vaccinations and wellness exams, and they may also need reproductive health services. Call us at (256) 586-3183 to learn more today!
Common Illnesses in Horses & Cattle
If you believe your animals are suffering from illness, contact your large animal veterinarian immediately. We can perform a thorough physical exam and any diagnostic tests needed to verify your animal’s condition.
- Colic – Colic refers to a problem with the abdomen. This could be simple indigestion or a more serious condition such as spasmodic or impact colic. Signs your horse may have colic include biting or kicking at their abdomen, restless behavior, labored breathing, elevated pulse, and lack of appetite or defecation.
- Common cold – Horses can get colds too, and while they are generally not life-threatening, they might require veterinary intervention. Signs of a cold include discharge from the nose, a slightly higher temperature, and swollen throat glands.
- Skin conditions – Being outdoor animals puts horses at risk for skin conditions caused by environmental elements or parasites. Check for hair loss, irritated skin, and obsessive scratching or licking behavior.
- Bloat – Bloat results from rich pastures fermenting rapidly in the stomach. This causes painful gas and bloating, which puts pressure on the internal organs. If the pressure isn’t relieved, bloat can be fatal.
- Foot rot – Foot rot is caused by soil-borne bacteria, and can result in lameness and hoof discharge. The best treatment is prevention—manage wet pastures and prevent your livestock from standing in areas where bacteria can thrive.
- Eye problems – Being outdoors in the sun and elements puts cattle at risk for eye cancer and highly contagious diseases such as pink eye. If you notice your cattle shutting an eye and rubbing it against fence posts or trees, contact your large animal vet for treatment. When treated early, most cases are completely curable.