Megan Snyder, VMD


Each patient is an individual and should be treated as such when determining the vaccines which should be used.  Our vaccine protocols are designed depending on your horse’s age, exposure and risk of each disease.  We provide different health programs depending on these guidelines to provide your horse with the upmost protection.  During these visits, a physical exam of each patient will be performed along with answering any questions you may have about your horse’s care and health.

  • Gold Health Program: 6 visits per year
  • Silver Health Program: 3 visits per year
  • Bronze Health Program: 2 visits per year

Parasite Control 

Parasites have become an increasingly important part of our preventative medicine with the risk of resistance to our primary dewormers used in our horses across the country.  Due to this risk, we have used a strategy and rotating our different dewormers to provide the best protection we can. We provide two different programs depending on the age, risk and management of each patient:

  • Rotational deworming: dewormed 6 times/year along with 2 fecal floats           Our first program is the rotational deworming program where we deworm your horse if enrolled in the Gold Health Program.  During each of the 6 visits, deowormers are rotated between the types of dewormer depending on the time of year and risk for specific parasites.  Fecal floats which identify parasites within the feces are performed twice each year to ensure the efficacy of our program.
  • Strategic deworming: dewormed at least 2 times/year along with 2 fecal egg counts                                                                                                                       The second program is becoming increasingly popular, especially with the recent research of the high risk of resistance.  It is a strategic deworming program where each horse is dewormed at least twice yearly and a fecal egg count is performed twice each year to determine the number of eggs shed.  Depending on the number of eggs found, each horse will be dewormed with a certain dewormer or no dewormer at all.  This program has been found to greatly decrease the chance of resistance along with effective manure disposal and management practices. 



Preventative Medicine

Damascus Equine Associates