When you are searching for an equine veterinarian, you should expect high-quality care as well as great service. Dr. Alyssa Connolly is a veterinary professional who strives to provide the best possible healthcare for your horses along with exceptional client service.
Your horse (or small ruminant) should have a wellness exam once or twice a year. By being proactive with your horse’s health, you will be able to avoid more serious problems in the future. This visit includes a full physical examination, a dental evaluation, a brief soundness check and fecal sampling for parasite analysis. Dr. Alyssa will also ask you about your horse’s health history. Be sure to bring all information that you have about your horse’s health to this veterinary visit.
In order for the exam to provide the best possible information, your horse’s cooperation is essential. Most horses that have good manners and are comfortable being handled by people do well during a wellness exam. Dr. Connolly can guide you in the safest way to hold your horse during the examination procedures.
Changes to your horse’s health can often be so small that they go unnoticed. To assist your veterinarian in identifying potential problems, keep a regular journal of your horse’s health problems, including changes in behavior, eating habits, and bowel movements. Be sure to share this information with Dr. Connolly during the routine wellness exam. This journal is also a good place to make note of any health conditions experienced by your horse and the treatments used. If you ever move out of the area and need to change vets — or seek veterinary care while on the road — the journal will ease the transition.
To ensure the best experience for you and your horse, it is important to choose an equine veterinarian with whom both of you feel comfortable. Dr. Connolly is committed to easing the stress of your horse’s healthcare visit. Dr.Connolly will explain all the procedures that your horse undergoes, so you understand what to expect. Communication is key to a good veterinary-client-patient relationship, and allows you to feel more comfortable during the visit, while gaining knowledge of your horse's health.
In some circumstances, Dr. Connolly may refer you to a specialist who has advanced training in certain areas, such as equine surgery, lameness or ophthalmology. She will closely coordinate with the specialist, so your horse receives the best possible care.
Dr. Alyssa Connolly looks forward to providing your horse with the unique lifelong care that it deserves.