Equine Services

Dedicated to the life and love of your horse.

Badger Equine offers full-service on-the-farm care including wellness, general medicine, routine wellness, surgery, dentistry, chiropractic, reproduction, and 24-hour emergency care!

24/7 Equine Emergency Service
It is essential to provide the equine veterinarian with basic information regarding your horse’s condition — temperature, respiratory rate, and gum color — but remember to stay safe and don’t put yourself in harm’s way to get the information!

Common horse health emergencies include the following:

  • Respiratory Distress
  • Lacerations & Puncture Wounds
  • Joint & Tendon Injuries
  • Eye Trauma
  • Reproductive Emergencies
  • Foal Emergencies
  • Colic (abdominal pain)
  • Acute Lameness (non-weight bearing lameness in one or more limbs)
  • Choke (in the horse, an esophageal obstruction due to feedstuffs)

Equine Emergency Kit

It is a good idea to have an at-home “equine emergency kit” to use if needed until a Badger Equine Veterinary Services veterinarian arrives. Include items such as:

  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • 16″ Combined Rolled Bandages (2 rolls)
  • 6″ Kling Bandage Rolls ( 4 rolls)
  • 4″ Vet Wrap (4 rolls)
  • Duct Tape (1 roll)
  • 4″ x 4″ Cotton Squares (24 count)
  • Banamine Paste (1 tube)
  • Triple Antibiotic Eye Ointment (WITHOUT steroids — cortisone and dexamethasone)
  • Topical Antibiotic Ointment (Triple Antibiotic Ointment or Silver Sulfadiazine)
  • Dilute Chlorhexidine Wound Cleansing Solutions (4 oz.)

If you are ever in doubt about your horse’s well-being, don’t hesitate to call. Time can be an essential factor in the outcome of many equine emergencies!

Equine Health Care Guidelines
Prevention is the best medicine! Badger Equine Veterinary Services provides routine health care for horses including annual wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite control, and Coggins testing. We believe that taking the time to perform a complete wellness examination annually can help address potential problems earlier and promote excellent long-term health for your horse.

Annual Physical Exams

When medical problems exist, horses are unable to tell us that something is wrong. Signs can often be subtle, and it takes a trained eye to uncover the early signs of health issues. Taking a proactive approach to horse health with an annual wellness exam can make the difference between a good prognosis and a grave one.

Badger Equine Veterinary Services recommends a wellness exam for all horses on an annual basis. The annual wellness exam is your opportunity to get a professional opinion on the health of your horse. It includes:

  • Monitoring your horse’s weight, body condition, and vital signs
  • Listening to the heart, lungs, and abdomen
  • Evaluating the head, body, and skin
  • Manually examining the limbs
  • Conducting a brief oral exam
  • Discussing vaccination and deworming protocols and recommendations for the year


Vaccinations help prevent or lessen the severity of life-threatening or infectious diseases. Vaccination recommendations are based on the age of the animal, the animal’s exposure to potential infections, and the geographic location where the animal lives.

Badger Equine Veterinary Services has put together annual vaccination recommendations for your horse, in accordance with AAEP guidelines, and our doctors can customize a vaccination protocol that works for your particular horse, stable, and situation.

We recommend all horses receive the following core vaccines:

  • Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • West Nile Virus
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies

Coggins Tests

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is a chronic, contagious viral disease of horses. Most infected horses show no recognizable clinical signs, while other horses present with signs including fever, weight loss, and anemia. Blood from infected horses is the most important source of EIA for transmission, with blood-feeding insects the predominant means of natural transmission.

Diagnosis of EIA is made with a Coggins test. This test is required on all horses being imported, entering exhibitions or competitive events, participating in organized trail rides or training seminars, being moved interstate, changing ownership, or entering auctions or sale markets. Test results are valid for different periods of time depending on the state of origin.

Coggins tests are valid for one (1) calendar year from the date the blood was sampled in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

Strategic Deworming

Internal parasites are silent killers, causing extensive internal damage without you realizing your horses are infected. Parasites affect horses in many ways, ranging from dull hair coats and general unthriftiness to colic and death. They lower horses’ resistance to infection, rob horses of valuable nutrients, and, in some cases, cause permanent damage to internal organs. Combining good management procedures with the strategically-timed administration of deworming agents based on fecal egg counts is critical to relieving your horse of most parasites.

The most useful tool in strategic deworming programs is the fecal egg count, a microscopic exam of feces for parasite eggs. This count allows us to determine which parasites are present and whether your horse is shedding eggs in low, moderate, or high numbers. We use this information to develop a deworming program specifically for your horse or farm as well as to monitor the program’s effectiveness. Our goal is for all horses to be classified as low shedders which allow for deworming every six months.

Equine Dental Care

Annual comprehensive dental care is an essential part of your horse’s overall health and well-being. Badger Equine Veterinary Services recommends oral examinations every 12 months to identify dental problems before they become extreme.

Sports Medicine & Lameness
The Badger Equine team is here to help your performance horse compete at its best. With advanced diagnostics (digital x-ray and ultrasound), our team is equipped to evaluate and diagnose performance issues and develop the best treatment plan to get your horse back to performing at their best.
Integrative Therapies

Dr. Marie Sikora is certified in veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which also includes herbal medicine, food therapy, exercise, and Tui-na (a type of massage). Acupuncture can be used in the equine patient to treat musculoskeletal conditions causing pain and lameness, as well as neurological disorders, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive problems, and other chronic conditions (such as heaves, laminitis, or dermatitis). It can be a valuable tool to complement other therapies or for cases that have not responded to more conventional therapies. Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, thin, flexible needles in specific points to stimulate the body to heal itself. Each acupuncture point has a high density of free nerve endings, arterioles, lymphatic vessels, and mast cells. An acupuncture appointment includes taking a detailed history and performing a physical exam to reach a TCVM diagnosis. The acupuncture treatment itself can take up to 30 minutes, depending on what is being treated and how the patient reacts. Most patients tolerate acupuncture very well and often fall asleep during treatment. Results are typically seen after 1-3 treatments, which are usually performed 1-2 weeks apart.

Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT)

The veterinary equivalent to human chiropractic care, VSMT, can be useful for horses suffering from performance issues, reluctance to work, sensitivity along with the spine or back, management of pain or lameness. A skilled assessment is performed to detect hypomobilities (or areas of reduced range of motion) in the body, and specific adjustments are used to restore optimal motion with the goal of relieving associated pain and inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue and nervous system. For the safety of your animals and best results VSMT should be performed by a Veterinarian certified in spinal manipulation therapies or a Doctor of Chiropractic with special certification to work on animals. Dr. Marie Sikora received her training at The Healing Oasis Wellness Center, which focuses on functional neuroanatomy, and provided hands-on training in motion palpation and adjustments. Dr. Sikora focuses primarily on equines; however, most species can benefit from VSMT.

Surgical Care
The equine veterinarians and technicians at Badger Equine can provide routine and minor surgical care in the field for your horse including castrations, laceration repair, mass removals, enucleations (eye removal), and many other procedures.
Equine Dental Care
Routine dental care is essential to your horse’s health and necessary for numerous reasons:

  • Domestication and confinement have modified horses’ diets and eating patterns.
  • We demand more from performance horses at younger ages than ever before.
  • Breeding animals are often selected with no regard for dental considerations.

Equine dental care is rewarding. Your horse will be more comfortable, utilize feed efficiently, perform better, and even live longer.

Preventative Equine Dental Care

Oral exams are an essential part of an annual physical examination by a veterinarian. Dental exams provide the opportunity to perform routine preventative dental maintenance resulting in a healthier, more comfortable horse.

Floating, or occlusal equilibrium, is a routine dental maintenance of horses’ teeth. Enamel points are smoothed, malocclusions corrected, dental arcades balanced, and other equine dental problems corrected.

On pasture, horses graze almost continuously, picking up dirt and grit in the process. This, along with silicate in the grass, wears down the teeth. Most stabled horses do not give their teeth the same workout. Feedings are more apt to be scheduled, not continuous, and include processed grains and hays. Softer feeds require less chewing, allowing the teeth to become excessively long and wear unevenly.

Adult teeth erupt throughout a horse’s life and are worn down by chewing. Points form on the cheek side of the upper molars and the tongue side of the lower molars. These points should be smoothed to prevent damage and ulceration of the cheeks and tongue.

A routine examination is critical in horses missing teeth or whose teeth wear improperly because of misalignment. Misaligned molars cause hooks to form; long or sharp hooks damage soft tissue.

Common Dental Problems In Horses

The most common dental problems horses suffer from include:

  • Sharp enamel points forming on the molars, causing lacerations of cheeks and tongue
  • Retained caps, deciduous teeth that are not shed, and discomfort caused by bit contact with wolf teeth or long, sharp canine teeth
  • Hooks that form on upper and lower molars
  • Lost, broken, excessively worn, or abnormally long teeth

Recognizing Dental Problems In Your Horse

Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all — some horses simply adapt to the discomfort. Periodic dental examinations are essential. We encourage you to watch for these signs of equine dental disease:

  • Loss of feed from the mouth while eating, difficulty chewing, or excessive salivation
  • Loss of body condition or the presence of large, undigested feed particles in manure
  • Head tilting or head tossing, bit chewing, tongue lolling, fighting the bit, or resisting bridling
  • Poor performance, such as lugging on the bridle, failing to turn or stop, or even bucking
  • Foul odor from the mouth or nostrils, traces of blood from the mouth, nasal discharge, or swelling of the face or jaw

A Lifetime Of Good Equine Dental Care

A horse’s age affects the degree and frequency of dental care required. Consider these points:

  • Examine foals shortly after birth and periodically during the first year to diagnose congenital dental problems.
  • Yearlings have been found to have enamel points sharp enough to damage soft tissue; floating can increase comfort.
  • Horses going into training, especially 2- and 3-year-olds, benefit from a comprehensive dental check-up. Teeth should be floated to remove sharp points and checked for retained caps. Caps may be removed if they are retained. This should be done before training to prevent training problems related to dental issues.
  • Horses aged 2-5 years may require more frequent dental exams than older horses. Deciduous teeth are softer than permanent teeth and develop sharp enamel points quickly. An extraordinary amount of dental maturation occurs during this period of adolescent development; 24 deciduous teeth will be shed and replaced by 36 to 40 adult teeth.
  • Mature horses should have a thorough dental examination annually to maintain correct alignment and to diagnose dental problems early.
  • Senior horses (17 years old or older) are at increased risk for developing periodontal disease. This painful disease must be diagnosed for successful treatment. Maintaining a correct bite plane during a horse’s teen years ensures functional grinding surfaces beyond 20 years of age. Beyond age 20, tooth surfaces may be worn excessively and/or unevenly and dental alignment correction may not be possible.
  • Horses over 20 years of age should receive a dental evaluation and nutritional counseling annually to maintain their condition and quality of life. Routine equine dental care helps many horses to maintain functional dentition into their third and fourth decades of life.

Most dental procedures, including basic floating, irreversibly change the teeth and are most appropriately performed by a veterinarian. Catch dental problems early! Waiting too long increases the difficulty of correction or makes correction impossible.

Equine Wellness Program

Please contact your Badger Equine team to discuss the 2019 Equine Wellness Program details.

Equine Wellness Program
Badger Equine Veterinary Services’ Equine Wellness Program allows you to lock in a discounted rate for veterinarian-recommended preventative care services, ensuring your horses receive the best possible care throughout the year. It includes two plans — Basic and Premium — designed for horses with varying needs.

Basic Plan

This plan is ideal for horses with mild to moderate exposure to other horses throughout the year. It includes two farm visits, wellness exams, complete vaccination, parasite control, and Coggins testing.

  • Farm Calls: 1 Spring, 1 Fall
  • Wellness Exam: 1 Spring, 1 Fall
  • Coggins Test: 1 Annually
  • Spring Vaccinations: EEE/WEE, Tetanus, West Nile Virus, Rhino/Flu, Potomac Horse Fever
  • Fall Vaccinations: Rhino/Flu, Rabies
  • Fecal Egg Count with Deworming Classification
  • Deworming: Spring & Fall

Premium Plan

This plan is ideal for horses with a moderate to high level of exposure to horses throughout the year, performance horses, or horses who travel. It includes three farm visits, wellness exams, complete vaccination, parasite control, Coggins testing, and dental care.

  • Farm Calls: 1 Spring, 1 Fall, 1 Winter
  • Wellness Exam: 1 Spring, 1 Fall
  • Coggins Test: 1 Annually
  • Spring Vaccinations: EEE/WEE, Tetanus, West Nile Virus, Rhino/Flu, Potomac Horse Fever
  • Fall Vaccinations: Rhino/Flu, Rabies
  • Fecal Egg Count with Deworming Classification
  • Deworming: Spring & Fall
  • Vaccination Against Strangles: 1 Annually
  • Dental Exam & Float with Sedation: 1 Annually

Additional Benefits Of Enrolling In The Badger Equine Wellness Program:

  1. Equine Wellness Program members receive 50% off all after-hours emergency fees.
  2. Basic Plan members receive 10% off select services: Sheath cleaning, annual blood panel, dental exams, and floats.
  3. Premium Plan members receive 12% off select services: Sheath cleaning, annual blood panel, chiropractic care.
  4. With your enrollment, receive a $10 coupon good on anything except farm call fees. This coupon does not expire; you can collect coupons with continuous enrollment.
Reproduction & Fertility Services
Our goal at Badger Equine Veterinary Services is to maximize your animal’s reproductive success by providing high-quality, individualized care and attention to stallions, mares, and foals. We offer a full spectrum of services related to equine reproductive health and management.
Internal Medicine
Our equine veterinarians are available to help diagnose and treat diseases of internal organ systems including those that affect the kidneys, liver, respiratory tract, nervous system, endocrine system, muscles, or gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, evaluation of bleeding disorders, tumors, weight loss, and problems in geriatric patients and foals is available.
Nutritional Consultation
We understand the importance of nutrition on the overall health of your horse. Our team provides complete nutritional consultation including measuring body weight, body condition score, and topline evaluation. We will regularly perform hay testing and analysis and help develop nutritional solutions for your horse or farm situation.
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We provide small animal, equine, boarding, and grooming services to the Southern Wisconsin community!

Multiple locations for your convenience!

Badger Veterinary Hospital-Janesville

3113 E. McCormick Dr.
Janesville, WI 53547

Badger Veterinary Hospital-Cambridge

712 Katie Ct.
Cambridge, WI 53523

Badger Veterinary Hospital-Beloit

2889 Bartells Dr.
Beloit, WI 53511

Badger Equine Veterinary Services

712 Katie Court
Cambridge, WI 53523

Badger Equine Veterinary Services

3113 E. McCormick Drive
Janesville, WI 53547