DR LYDIA GRAY: I’m Dr. Lydia Gray. I’m the Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director
at SmartPak, and I’d like to talk a little bit about the Annual Wellness Requirements
for our ColiCare program – whether you’re already enrolled or have questions or you’re
thinking about enrolling in this. There are four of them, and the first one
is the annual physical exam. This is something your veterinarian does at
least once a year – maybe more. It’s nice, because you see your horse every
day, and your veterinarian is going to come in once, twice a year with trained eyes, trained
hands and maybe pick up on things earlier or see things that you’ve missed. Whether it’s swelling in legs, skin or coat
condition, maybe the body condition score went up or went down. So it’s just nice to have that view every
year by a trained professional. The next is a dental exam. Your horse’s mouth is a large dark cavern. There are lots of teeth in there, not just
the ones you see in the front, so it’s also good to have that trained professional using
special equipment look and feel around in there for the normal and abnormal structures,
more than just the teeth. Then you can do whatever care the veterinarian
suggests. Third is we like to have your vaccinations,
any that are required, administered by your veterinarian for a couple of reasons. First, it’s nice when the chain of custody
is maintained direct from the manufacturer to the veterinary clinic. This means that the vaccines were handled
properly all the time. They were stored at the right temperature
– not too hot and not too cold. We also like that there is a professional
on site after the vaccines have been given in case – and it’s rare – but in case there
is a vaccine reaction, adverse reaction, to the administration of the vaccine. They’re there, they’re on site, they can handle
or address any issues that may come up. The final Annual Wellness Requirement for
ColiCare is a minimum of one fecal test and two dewormings per year. This is based on the American Association
of Equine Practitioners guidelines for parasite control. The fecal tells you if your horse is a low,
medium, or high shedder, and then the two dewormings are the absolute minimum required
to maintain health since we know that parasites are a risk-factor for colic. I hope this has been helpful to you. Whether you’re thinking about enrolling a
horse or you already have one enrolled and you just want to make sure that you’re in
compliance with our Annual Wellness Requirements. It’s probably stuff you and your vet are already
doing anyway, but it’s just nice to have the background and refresher. Have a great ride.