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Posted on 08-10-2017

Should I Consider an Equine Pre-Purchase Exam by My Bowling Green Veterinarian? 

You’ve found the perfect horse. Or so you think. She looks sound and you’re certain she has the conformation to do the dressage competition you eventually want to do. Should you consider a pre-purchase exam by your Bowling Green veterinarian?equine pre-purcahse exam from your bowling green veterinarian

What is a Pre-Purchase Exam for a Horse?

Have you ever considered buying a car and asked a mechanic to take a look before cementing the deal? The idea is much the same for the pre-purchase exam. It’s not a pass-fail exam. Rather, we apply our highly skilled equine veterinary care to determine whether this is the horse for you.

What Happens During the Exam?

First, and most important, our Bowling Green equine veterinarian will discuss what your plans are for the horse and how extensive you would like the exam to be. We normally classify these exams as basic and extensive. However, do keep in mind that the more extensive the exam, the higher the cost will be. Here are the differences:

Basic Exam

We start with the animal’s medical records and history. We look for anything that stands out, including behavioral issues, previous surgeries, or health problems.

Next, comes the thorough physical exam. You can expect the following procedures to be performed by our animal hospital veterinarian:

  • Resting physical exam
  • Conformation exam
  • Flexion exams of legs
  • Hoof tester exam
  • Second exam after some exercise

The remaining parts of the basic exam include using the stethoscope to examine the heart, lungs, and abdomen. An oral exam will be performed as well as palpation of the horse’s entire body.

Extensive Exam

This exam includes everything in the Basic exam but may include more advanced veterinary care procedures such as diagnostic blood work testing, performed in our animal hospital, and x-rays, which we can perform on-site with our portable x-ray machine.

Before the Exam

It’s important that you prepare yourself before deciding whether to go ahead with the pre-purchase exam. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I want to do with this horse?
  • Do I want him/her for a long or short time?
  • Do I have any concerns about the horse?
  • How capable am I of handling certain behavioral or health issues?
  • What can I spend?
  • How extensively do I want the exam to be?

Call Our Animal Hospital in Bowling Green Today!

Buying a horse is a major investment and the pre-purchase exam provides an added assurance that you are, or are not, doing the right thing in purchasing this animal. If you are considering an equine purchase, call our animal hospital in Bowling Green today at 270-781-5041 and find out how our equine veterinary care specialists can help you make a big decision easier. Also, be sure to ask about our new client special.

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