Large Animal Exams
Large animals, including those commonly known as farm animals, deserve top-notch veterinary care. At Karns Animal Clinic, we believe that our animals are members of the family who should receive the care that helps them to thrive. It isn’t always easy for Knoxville, TN, residents to find a veterinarian who can take care of livestock and horses. We want to make this as easy as possible for our clients.
Large animals need to have check ups regularly to ensure they are healthy. Routine examinations may help to find conditions and illnesses before they become emergent and life-threatening. Ideally, all large animals will have a checkup every six months. During your examination and consultation, your veterinarian can counsel you on immunizations, parasite prevention, nutrition, oral care, and hoof maintenance. Our large animal veterinarians will work with you to customize a preventative healthcare strategy for your pet and livestock and address any other concerns.
Emergency/Urgent Large Animal Care
Large animals sometimes need emergency care. We do offer this service at our Knoxville, TN, office as well as farm visits. If possible, call ahead if you are bringing the animal in so we know to expect you. This also lets us determine whether we have a veterinarian available to handle the situation right away. We know that in a true emergency, you don’t have time to waste, and we want you to get the animal immediate care without delay.
Horses typically don’t get vaccinations until they are several months old, depending on their needs. Some vaccinations are started at four months old and need to be boostered three to four weeks later. Some vaccinations are not given until a horse is five to six months old. Most of these also need to be boostered three to four weeks later.
Some vaccinations need to be given when your horse is eight to eleven months old. Depending on the form of the vaccine given, it may need to be boostered.
If a patient survives the disease, they will always carry it and may become sick again if they are stressed. Some horses just seem to be carriers, never getting sick themselves.
Because some horses seem to carry the disease without showing symptoms, the best prevention is to test for it. Anytime you get a new horse or introduce a new horse into your herd, you should test the horse to make sure it doesn’t have the disease so your horses don’t get it.
We are proud to offer equine dentistry and provide care for your horse's entire oral cavity. A horse's teeth and jaw function are vital to their overall well being, so dental care is an important part of your horse's health.
We provide floating for horses as well as a range of routine to advanced services. Proper dental care will ensure that your horse's teeth are not causing discomfort, pain, or other potential health issues.
Our entire staff is dedicated to equine reproduction. We are proud to be knowledgeable about many aspects of breeding, including heat cycles, artificial insemination, and much more.
Our entire hospital uses the latest technologies to ensure that you can have a successful breeding program. We are constantly learning and growing so that you can have healthy babies, as easily as possible.
We are proud to offer artificial insemination, which can save you time and money. You won’t have to transport your mare to the stallion. Instead, the sperm can be frozen and mailed to you so that we can place it in your mare’s cervix. We are also proud to do embryo transfers so that your mare can still continue to show and train while producing offspring.