The Sault Animal Hospital in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, is fully equipped to care for large animals and horses. We serve the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Tip of the Mitt. You can rely on the veterinary care we give to dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds, small farm animals, horses, and cattle.
Whether it is for routine or emergency care, it takes a specialty veterinarian to understand and cater to the unique needs of horses, goats, cattle, and sheep. Some smaller animals can be brought to the office, and the larger ones can be taken care of during on-farm visits.
We offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options to our animal patients. Each breed has a unique set of needs, but all the large animals will need some combination of the following services:
- Pre-purchase exams
- Wellness exams
- Wellness programs
- Preventative medicine
- On-farm emergency services
- Minor surgery in the field
- Laboratory tests and blood work
- X-ray, ultrasound, and other imaging equipment
- Coggins test
- Joint Injections
- Fracture repair and rehabilitation
- Dentistry, including extractions
- Reproductive management
- Pregnancy evaluations
- Veterinary Acupuncture
- Nutritional counseling
- Parasite monitoring
- Hoof trimming
- Artificial insemination
- Lameness exams and rehabilitation plans
- Dairy herd health
- Meat herd health
What the Large Animal Veterinarian Knows
The knowledge base of a large animal or livestock veterinarian goes beyond the usual veterinary care your pet might receive. They have to know the United States Department of Agriculture regulations, food safety, and all the state and local animal welfare laws. There may be record-keeping required to ensure compliance with government health and safety regulations. That means they have to be vigilant about diseases that may affect animals that are used for food consumption.
Educating their clients is also another important focus of the large animal veterinarian. Ranchers, farmers, and horse owners will likely need coaching on the special care their animals need. Each breed has its own food, exercise, hygiene, and feeding schedules to contend with. The veterinarian may also be consulted about the construction of housing facilities and lay of the land where the animals spend their time.