Make Us Your Large Animal Vet for Equine & Cattle Care
At Arab Veterinary Hospital, we offer large animal medicine and surgery expertise. 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 need to see a large animal veterinarian every year for vaccinations, parasite control, dental care, grooming, and hoof care. Cattle meanwhile benefit from annual vaccinations and wellness exams, and may also require reproductive health services on an as-needed basis.
Common Illnesses in Horses & Cattle
Whenever you believe your animals are suffering from illness, contact your large animal veterinarian immediately. We’ll be able to 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, whether simple indigestion to more serious conditions such as spasmodic or impact colic. Signs that 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 it is generally not life-threatening, it could 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 the risk of skin conditions caused by environmental elements or parasites. Look out for hair loss, irritated skin, and obsessive scratching or licking behavior.
- Bloat – Bloat results from rich pastures fermenting rapidly in the stomach and creating gas that can cause pain and bloating that puts pressure on internal organs. If the pressure isn’t relieved, bloat can be fatal.
- Footrot – caused by soil-borne bacteria, foot rot results in a lame cow with 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 of eye cancer, and highly contagious diseases such as pink eye are very common. 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.