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Large Animal Services

Large Animal Services

We care for a variety of large animals including cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, pigs, horses and chickens. We offer preventive care, reproductive consultations, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for livestock animals and non-traditional large pets. Each species of large animal has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care. We can give you guidance on caring for your livestock or non-traditional pet.

Veterinary acupuncture is a process through which tiny needles are strategically inserted into certain areas of the skin known as acupoints. Stimulation of these points has shown to release endorphins and other neurotransmitters which is very helpful for pain reduction and homeostasis.

Acupuncture has been shown to help with pain, arthritis, wound healing, seizure disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and a number of other conditions.

Ambulatory care, or outpatient care, is medical care provided on a mobile basis, including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation services.

Our Services Include: 

  • Vaccinations
  • Strategic deworming programs
  • Geriatric wellness program
  • Dentistry
  • Coggins and health certificates
  • Pre-purchase examinations
  • Lameness/Sports medicine
  • Reproductive services
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Laceration repair

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Radiography Examination (X-ray):

Utilizing state of the art digital equipment, we can perform radiographic evaluations of the skeletal system including the head, neck, and distal extremities for lameness, dental, and emergency visits.

Ultrasound Examinations:

In addition to lameness and emergency evaluations, we use our ultrasound capabilities to help assess and monitor your mare throughout pregnancy.

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Endoscopy is a diagnostic tool that uses fiber optics to directly visualize areas of the body such as the upper airway and respiratory tract. This safe, non-surgical, minimally invasive approach requires sedation.

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Horses teeth continually grow and erupt throughout their lives. Every horse wears its teeth differently while grinding their feed. Horses can develop sharp enamel points as their teeth wear. These points can cause pain and even ulceration of the cheeks and tongue. The most common procedure veterinarians perform on horse’s teeth is called floating, which is the process of filing the points of the teeth down. Our doctors can perform this with hand tools or specialized power tools, depending on your horses’ temperament.

Common Signs of Dental Problems Include:

  • Head tossing
  • Poll soreness
  • Weight loss
  • Foul odor from nostrils or mouth
  • Nasal discharge
  • Poor performance
  • Biting problems
  • TMJ soreness
  • Dropping feed
  • Excessive salivation
  • Facial swelling
  • Undigested grain or hay in feces

Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital is here to ensure that your horse’s teeth are properly cared for. Dental care can be provided at the hospital or at your farm. Our clinic is equipped to handle routine dentistry and more complicated dental cases. Unlike lay dentists, our training and experience in equine dentistry are what allow us to provide the best in equine dental and veterinary care. If your horse requires radiographic or endoscopic examination, we have the tools and the ability to perform these diagnostics. Frequently teeth can be extracted without any facial deformities.

Horses may suffer from many dental problems. The most common include:

  • Sharp enamel points forming on cheek teeth, causing lacerations of cheeks and tongue
  • Retained caps (deciduous teeth that are not shed)
  • Discomfort caused by bit contact with the wolf teeth
  • Hooks forming on the upper and lower cheek teeth
  • Long and/or sharp canine teeth
  • Lost and/or broken teeth
  • Abnormal or uneven bite planes
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Abnormally long teeth
  • Infected teeth and/or gums
  • Misalignment/Malocclusion (can be due to congenital defects or injury)
  • Periodontal (gum) disease

We can perform mare cycle management including hormone therapy and artificial insemination using fresh, cooled, and frozen semen. We are not able to collect from a stud at our facility.

Our farm animal medicine and herd health services provide routine veterinary care and highly specialized diagnostics, medical, and surgical treatment for cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, pigs, and wild ruminants. We care for your production, show, and companion livestock, as well as support certain wildlife.

We have the ability to provide care for critically ill, acute, and emergency cases.

Examples of some of our routine services include:

  • Physical examination
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Blood collection and testing
  • Foot trimming
  • Lameness examination
  • Vaccination
  • Manual therapy
  • Breeding soundness examination
  • Health and travel certificates

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In many travel situations, your horse will need a health certificate. We can perform the proper examination and issue you a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. These certificates will require an up to date Coggin test, which is required every 6-12 months for out-of state travel. We can help you determine if a new Coggin is necessary. To leave Washington state, a brand inspection is required. You will need to contact the local brand inspector to have this done.

 Coggin (EIA) Test:   This is a blood test to evaluate for Equine Infectious Anemia, which is caused by a retrovirus very similar to the human immunodeficiency virus. The Coggin test is used to diagnose this disease and is required for health certificates.

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We are able to provide hospitalized care for horses that may need in clinic care.

We offer full in house laboratory services, including blood panels, fecal testing, urinalysis, etc. Any additional specialized testing can be sent to labs we closely work with.

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Identifying the source of a horse’s discomfort is essential for athletic performance and comfort. We can perform ultrasound or radiology in the field or at the hospital and design a treatment plan to resolve lameness or performance issues.

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As a potential buyer, you want to know that you are investing in a healthy horse. We can perform a complete examination to assess the health of the horse and discuss any issues that may compromise its ability to meet your expectations.


Gelded (castrated) horses often are managed more easily alongside other horses, both male and female. Castration should be considered for male horses that are not intended for breeding. We perform all of our castrations with the horse under anesthesia and lying down for safety purposes.

Mass Removal:

Horses can develop a variety of lumps or bumps, such as sarcoids, which we can diagnose and remove in many cases.

Wound Management:  

We can perform surgical repair, bandaging, and application of casts or splints to treat a variety of wounds.

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At Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital, in Mead,WA, we would love to help take care of your animals. Call us today at 509-516-0852, to schedule an appointment.