Large Animal Wellness Services

Wellness Care for Equines, Large Animals, and Exotics

Wellness Care for Large AnimalsBakersfield Veterinary Hospital is the leading provider of Equine Veterinary Services in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We provide high quality care and diagnostic workups in the following areas:

  • Preventative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Lameness
  • Reproduction
  • Neonatal Care
  • Dentistry
  • Podiatry
  • Elective Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Ambulatory Veterinary Services
  • Ultrasound for Reproductive/Diagnostic Sonograms
  • Full Service Digital Radiology
  • Surgery Facility

While equine medicine is our main focus, we also provide service to small ruminant food animals and some exotics. We come from a rural background and strong work ethic. We understand the importance of "old fashioned" values and hope to be a source of inspiration to future veterinarians. We are committed to keeping pace with the newest technology and treatment modalities while maintaining our long-standing tradition of excellent animal health care.

Bakerfield Veterinary Hospital's exotic animal medicine is a specialty limited to certain types of exotic animals. Our veterinarians have treated buffalo, camels, llamas, alpacas, zebras, and some zoo and circus exotics. We are able to advise you on the best treatment and care for exotic animals. While some exotics can be treated here, it may be necessary to refer your exotic animals to a specialist outside of our practice.

Wellness Examinations for Equines and Large Animals

For ranches with a number of horses or small to large herds of beef cattle, goats, sheep, etc., we understand that it is important to have a large animal veterinarian with the flexibility and experience to perform a range of services to breeders, stables, and those who keep horses at their home as well as within a modern haul-in facility. We are proud to offer both of these quality service options. This flexibility is especially important and valuable to our large animal clients, as it also provides us with the opportunity to observe farm conditions and to help the owner and livestock perform at the top levels of production and performance. Of course, whether we recommend a ranch call or bringing an animal into our haul-in facility is dependent upon the health of the animal and the services being provided. The determination as to which venue is most appropriate is made jointly by your veterinarian in consultation with you, the owner.

Is is our goal to always work in the best interest of your animals in a manner that ensures the best service to our clients.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Medical Conditions

Though we prefer to prevent illness as much as we possibly can, there simply is no guarantee that a well cared for animal will never face periodic illness or injury. Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital is experienced and able to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

Large Animal and Equine Medicine in Bakersfield, CA Some of these conditions for Equines may include:

  • Colic
  • Coughing
  • Choke
  • Dystocia (abnormal or difficult birth of a foal)
  • Laminitis/Founder
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Dental Care
  • Lacerations and Wound Management
  • Eye Injuries

Some common conditions for Large Animals may include:

  • Bloat/Choke
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Internal and External Parasites
  • Clostridial/Viral Disease
  • Tetanus
  • Birthing Complications/Abortions
  • Fungus
  • Foot Rot

Equine and Large Animal Vaccines

Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital uses the most up-to-date Equine and Large Animal vaccines to protect your individual animal and herd health. We have found, and our medical experience dictates, that vaccinations play an important part in keeping your animal healthy and free from disease. Bakersfield, California is a wonderful place to live, farm, and raise animals. However, our community is not immune from a number of dangerous diseases that can be devastating to our animals. These diseases are also highly infectious by nature and can pose a very real risk to the health of individual animals as well as that of other animals living together.

There are a number of vaccines that have proven to be very effective at preventing many equine diseases. Our very experienced Bakersfield large animal veterinarians understand the nature and application of these vaccines and have developed an equine vaccination protocol designed to meet the needs of foals, adult horses, and horses in their senior years.

Core Equine Vaccines

  • West Nile Virus
  • Encephalomyelitis (EWE - Easter and Western), commonly known as "sleeping sickness"
  • Tetanus (sometimes called "lockjaw")
  • Rabies

Non-Core Equine Vaccines

  • Influenza
  • Rhinopneumonitis (Equine Herpes Virus)
  • Potomac Horse Fever
  • Strangles
  • Rattlesnake
  • Vaccinations for Bakersfield LivestockEquine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

Pregnant mares should also receive Pneumabort-K + 1B during their 5th, 7th, and 9th months of gestation.

Large Animal Vaccines

  • Tetanus/Clostridium Perfringins (type C and D)
  • Sore Mouth
  • Blue Tongue
  • Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA)
  • Rabies
  • Abortion Vaccines (Vibrio, Chlamidia)
  • Brucellosis, Blackleg, and Bovine Respiratory Diseases (for Cattle)

Many combination vaccinations are available. Please check with your veterinarians for the appropriate vaccinations that are the best and most cost-effective defense you can have against common infectious diseases. A program designed with the help and advice of our veterinarians will keep your animals – and you – happy and healthy for many years to come.