A pre-purchase examination (or PPE) consists of a complete, thorough physical examination; a soundness evaluation including flexion tests; and any additional diagnostics that the potential buyer requests, such as radiographs or drug testing. The purpose of a pre-purchase examination is to determine the horse’s suitability for the buyer’s intended use.
Horses, Mules and Donkeys
Urban Livestock & Equine Veterinary Services offers mobile veterinary care for your horses (including miniature horses), mules, and donkeys. We offer preventive veterinary care including physical examinations, dentistry (teeth floating), vaccinations, fecal egg counts, and nutrition consultations. If your horse will be traveling out of state, we can provide Coggins testing and health certificates. Before you decide to buy your next horse, we offer pre-purchase examinations to help you determine its soundness and suitability for your chose discipline. If your horse is ill or injured, please call us right away to schedule an appointment. We offer in-hours and after-hours emergency services for colics, severe lameness, wound care or laceration repairs, and other health problems. We can provide laboratory testing, portable digital x-rays and ultrasound to help diagnose illnesses and injuries in your equines, from miniature donkeys to dressage horses, and backyard trail horses to draft horses!
If your horse is ill or injured, early treatment will give your horse the best chance at a speedy recovery. Early signs of a medical problem include unexplained weight loss or gain, decreased appetite, behavioral changes, fever, squinting or tearing eyes, nasal discharge, loose manure or diarrhea, limping, decreased performance under saddle, any areas of swelling or heat on the body, especially on the legs.
IF YOUR HORSE, MULE, OR DONKEY IS EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS OF AN EMERGENCY, CALL THE VET IMMEDIATELY!
Preventive Medicine is just that: medical examinations, diagnostics, and treatments that are meant to prevent future injury, illness or other health problems. We believe that most equines should have a thorough physical examination performed every year by a veterinarian. This will help us catch small changes in your horse’s health before they become big problems. Based on the results of a physical examination, we will recommend a preventive care plan for your animal, including vaccinations, parasite control, dentistry, and nutrition advice. Call us today to schedule a yearly exam for yo