Large Animal General Health

Livestock & Horse Vet in the Lowcountry

Your Lowcountry Equine Specialist

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General Farm Animal Health & Veterinary Care

Carter Veterinary Services offers comprehensive large animal veterinary care for all sorts of hoofed animals — cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and more. If you are in the Lowcountry and need services such as in-house blood work, ophthalmic examinations, neurologic examinations, or horse insurance examinations, contact us today to schedule your appointment! We also offer 24/7 emergency vet care.

In-House Blood Work

Neurologic Examinations

Ophthalmic Examinations

Insurance Examinations

Serving the Lowcountry, including:

  • Bluffton

  • Hilton Head

  • Beaufort

  • Savannah

  • Richmond Hill

  • St Helena Island

  • Ridgeland

  • Statesboro

  • Pooler

  • Rincon

  • Effingham County

  • And more!

Comprehensive Equine Health Services in the Lowcountry

Our general medicine services include everything from annual physical examinations, routine vaccinations, dental exams, fecal exams, routine deworming programs, hoof care consultations, elective surgery, and 24/7 emergency services. Talk to your veterinarian at Carter Veterinary Services today to help you determine the ideal vaccine and deworming program for your horse, herd, or barn.

Nutrition Planning

Nutrition is another crucial aspect of preventative health care, and it encompasses balancing your horse’s dietary needs for roughage and concentrates. No matter the life stage or activity level of your horse, your local veterinarian at Carter Veterinary Services is happy to refer you to the right feeding program. Managing your horse’s nutrition is critical to all aspects of maintenance, performance, and aides in the prevention of many diseases.

Dentistry

Remember that your annual to bi-annual dental exams are a very important part of your preventative care plan. A horse’s teeth affect proper chewing, digestion, nutrient absorption, and can even influence performance. See more about our dental services on the Dentistry page.

Blood Work

Just as blood tests can tell humans information about our cholesterol, blood sugar, triglycerides, illnesses, and much more, so too can blood tests provide lots of information about the health of your horse. With advances in equine laboratory testing, you can now get a general health profile chemistry panel, as well as a complete blood count (CBC) conducted on your horse(s). It’s recommended to do this once a year to improve care by getting a thorough understanding of your horse’s blood chemistry. Detection of issues such as the presence of the EHV-1 virus in a seemingly healthy horse gives us the ability to proactively manage that horse’s condition, improving the chances of preventing that illness from developing further or spreading to other horses. If you would like in-house blood work, schedule your appointment with our equine clinic in Hardeeville today.

Ophthalmic Examinations

Equine ophthalmic examinations are routine eye exams conducted on horses that are essential to the prevention of equine ocular diseases. Sometimes a horse with an eye problem is obvious — you can see a swollen eye, constricted pupil, or some other highly visible condition. However, many conditions are subtler than that. With an array of different tests at our disposal, Carter Veterinary Services will be able to identify conditions your horse is suffering from, such as:

  • Uveitis

  • Cataracts

  • Glaucoma

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Stromal abscesses

  • Retinal or optic nerve disease

  • And many more

Getting regular eye exams for your horse can identify and help prevent numerous, potentially vision-impairing problems in horses. If you notice any signs of ocular distress in your horse, call us promptly to get it diagnosed and start treatment, giving your horse the best chance possible for achieving a full recovery.

Neurologic Examinations

Our veterinary clinic is able to conduct a complete neurologic examination in cases where it is called for, such as when a horse is displaying signs consistent with a neurologic disease or when establishing a baseline of what is neurologically normal for them is important (such as with a pre-purchase examination). A neurologic exam goes over many aspects of your horse’s health, from head to tail, including aspects such as:

  • Mental status

  • Head posture

  • Nasal septum sensory perception

  • Eye movement

  • Tongue tone

  • Palpebral response

  • Thoraco laryngeal (slap test)

  • Anal sensation and reflex, tail tone (caudal equina)

  • Gait

By the end of the exam, we should be able to tell you what area of the nervous system is having issues. Want to schedule a neurologic examination? Contact us now.

Horse Insurance Examinations

Carter Veterinary Services in the Lowcountry also offers insurance exams as needed. An equine insurance company may require you get a horse examined and a certificate signed by a veterinarian before issuing an equine insurance policy. You can expect an insurance examination to take a bit longer than a standard examination, as we cannot rely on prior knowledge of the horse during the process. Depending on what type of coverage you are applying for, exam requirements may vary. If your insurance company requires something specific, make sure you bring in that information in writing. If any questions or disputes arise regarding a claim, that is between you and your insurance company; no veterinarian has legal responsibility in the dispute.

If you are getting or looking to get insurance for your horse, contact Carter Veterinary Services to schedule an appointment!

Commitment to Excellence

Carter Veterinary Services is here to provide you with the best equine veterinary care in the Lowcountry. Our commitment to excellence extends from comprehensive care to emergency services. Whatever issue your horse or other large animal is dealing with, we will work diligently to provide them with the veterinarian services they need.

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Preventative & Wellness Horse Care in the Lowcountry

Carter Veterinary Services offers a wide array of general health care for large animals, such as horses and cows. These include services such as:

  • Nutrition Planning

  • Dentistry

  • Blood Work

  • Ophthalmic Examinations

  • Neurologic Examinations

  • And More

We aim to provide the best quality medicine to all animals through unparalleled patient care, exceptional client experiences, and passionate employees. Looking to schedule an appointment for general large animal health care in the Lowcountry?

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