To our valued clients:

West Wind Veterinary Hospital continues to operate under normal business hours for dogs, cats and horses while also offering 24/7 emergency care for horses as per usual.

We are now pleased to be able to offer virtual visits. Please contact us at 780-662-0112 to book your telemedicine consult today.

In the face of COVID-19, various levels of government are considering a mandatory shutdown of all "non-essential" services. The CVMA holds that veterinary practices provide "essential" services to Canadians. Additionally, there is currently no evidence to suggest this virus is circulating or being spread by animals in Canada. As such, for the foreseeable future WWVH will continue to service our patients. However, we will be adding extra precautionary measure to promote both the safety of our clients and our staff.

These include:

As the situation continues to evolve, we will be constantly reassessing and adapting our processes to adhere to the latest updates and health guidelines. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please call us at (780)662-0112 or email office@westwindvet.com.

We appreciate your cooperation.


West Wind Veterinary Hospital


Vaccination Protocols

Low Exposure Adult*High Exposure Adult**
SpringEWT+WNV +/- Flu/RhinoEWT+WNV

* Low Exposure Adult: A horse that does not leave the property and is not exposed to other horses that travel.

** High Exposure Adult: A horse that leaves the property or is exposed to other horses that travel.

4 MonthsEWT+WNV
5 MonthsEWT+WNV
6 MonthsFlu/Rhino
7 MonthsFlu/Rhino
10-12 MonthsEWT+WNV

* Assuming mare was appropriately vaccinated.

Please call for protocol recommendations for foals from mares that were not vaccinated one month before foaling.

Mares in FoalVaccine
5 Months GestationKilled Rhino
7 Months GestationKilled Rhino
9 Months GestationKilled Rhino
One Month pre-foalingEWT+WNV

Parasite Control

Strategies for parasite control (such as rotating drugs) are no longer based on concepts from more than 40 years ago. We now know that frequent treatments are not necessarily needed to keep an adult horse healthy. Instead, guidelines recommend that a more sustainable strategy should be used to prevent drug resistance in the future and optimize herd health.

The ideal de-worming protocol involves Fecal Egg Counts (FECs) in the first year to identify shedding rates of individual horses. FECs are repeated after de-worming to determine product efficacy/identify emerging drug resistacnce.

Low Shedder Adult HorseModerate Shedder Adult HorseHigh Shedder Adult Horse
First Frost Ivermectin + Praziquantal or Moxidecin + Praziquantal Ivermectin + Praziquantal or Moxidecin + Praziquantal Ivermectin + Praziquantal or Moxidecin + Praziquantal
JuneFECDe-worm *De-worm *
August--De-worm *

* Drug is chosen based on FECs that were done in year one to identify drug efficacy. Contact our veterinarians to develop your program.


2 Months
4 Months
6 Months
*FEC 2 weeks later*
8 Months
10 Months
12 Months
*FEC 2 weeks later*

Please consult our veterinarians for drug choices. Foals can have adverse reactions or fail to respond to some anthelmintic drugs. Do not use moxidectin in foals less than 4 months of age or if they have not previously been de-wormed.

Yearling - 3 Years

*FEC 2 weeks later*
*FEC 2 weeks later*

Young horses should be de-wormed 4 times a year until they reach maturity/develop immunity. Choosing the class of drug to use is based on the post treatment FEC. Consult our veterinarians to confirm which drug to use.


One month prior to due date
36-48 hours post foaling

Continue on a regular adult horse de- worming schedule based on FEC prior to pregnancy. Do not de-worm during the first trimester without first consulting one of our veterinarians.

Egg Reappearance Period (ERP) varies based on temperature, housing, manure removal and drug used. A good parasite program takes all these factors into consideration.