Large Animal Services Provided
Ambulatory appointments are available to your farm or boarding facility in Phenix City, AL and surrounding areas. Dr. Brown can provide comprehensive medical and surgical evaluations, diagnostics, and treatment. Dr. Brown uses a portable DIGITAL radiography machine and power dentistry equipment for the most advanced equine dental care. Emergency care is available after normal business hours. An emergency fee for after hour service will apply in addition to the trip charge and treatments rendered.
Dr. Brown works on multiple species of farm animals including Horses, Sheep, Goats and the occasional swine.
Routine Health Care and Nutritional Consultations
An annual complete physical examination is recommended including a dental exam and nutritional evaluation, fecal egg counts, including body condition scoring, hay evaluation, feeding strategies, and mineral supplements. Due to the heavy presence of year-round mosquitos, twice a year vaccinations are strongly encouraged to prevent fatal disease such as EEE, WNV.
Dr. Brown utilizes equine power dentistry equipment to provide patients with the most advanced and complete dental care, as well as wolf teeth removal and dental extractions. She has attended advanced training in dentistry and recommends yearly floating. Every horse is sedated for their safety which allows better examination and is less stressful. Proper dental care will ensure that your horse’s teeth are not causing discomfort, pain, or other potential health issues.
Rotational deworming is a thing of the past. Instead, current standard of care relies heavily upon individual fecal egg counts for parasites at least annually, targeted de-worming and pasture rotation. Dr. Brown can tailor a parasite control plan to your horses’ specific needs and environment. If you are collecting a fecal sample, it must be fresh, kept cool, and evaluated within 24 hours.
Vaccines are an important part of preventative health care. A full range of vaccines are offered, which are tailored to individual horses and farms depending on multiple risk factors. Prevention protects your investment! *Vaccination for West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, Tetanus and Influenza are GUARANTEED through Zoetis’ Immunization Support Guarantee. Ask for details.
Dr. Brown uses a portable DIGITAL x-ray unit for on-farm radiographs and evaluation for lameness, pre-purchase exams, or dental evaluations. This allows for instant analysis on farm for initiating a therapy plan to get your horse back to performance quickly! Radiographs also can be sent to a radiologist or specialist if needed for consultation or sent to a referral center via e-mail for quick turnaround on a second opinion.
Other services include treatment for a range of internal medicine anomalies including allergies, moon blindness (Equine Recurrent Uveitis) and other ophthalamic disorders, skin tumors, heaves, other upper respiratory issues, and medical colic.
Routine diagnostics are available such as CBC and Biochemistry. Most lab tests yield results within 24-48 hours. Coggins tests and other specialized diagnostics like Cortisol and Insulin (Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushing’s) are sent to outside labs but results are typically available in a few days.
Herd Health Management
Consultations are offered on herd health, including vaccinations, disease management, nutritional consultation, and parasite control.
Castrations, lacerations, and growth removals are common field surgeries offered.
Dr. Brown is USDA accredited to perform regulatory work that includes health certificates for transport, to show or sale, or for export.