Our picture of Health Campaign focuses on how to keep your horse healthy and active. In particular, we are running three evening seminars around the practice to focus our attention on how horses breathe and how to keep them healthy both on your yard and when going out to competitions and shows.
This series of small evening seminars is for clients and horse owners. They will be run in three locations in the practice area and we will be keeping the numbers small so everybody gets the most out of the evening.
Attendance is free, but we need to know you are coming. We have a maximum of 25 places at each meeting. To register, please call the office on 0845 8330034. We have generous sponsorship so we think we'll be able to produce a great evening to remember, and look forward to seeing you there.
The Dates are
Somerford 7th June
Beaver Hall 28th June
Harrogate Hill 5th July
7.30pm for a buffet supper. Talk 8-9pm.
Talk about Laminitis
Most of you will know about the Talk about Laminitis Scheme, which every year offers free lab testing for Cushings Disease. We are pleased to announce the scheme is being held again this year until the 31st October. If you would like your horse tested, all you would need to pay is the fee for the blood sample collection and postage which is £25 plus the usual visit fee. The blood sample collection can be done on the Free Visit Scheme Zone day sin which case all you need to pay is £25. If you have any questions or would like to book in please call the office on 0845 8330034.
Worm egg counts
Summer time is when worms reproduce fastest, and horses are grazing more which could mean horses are most at risk from high worm burdens. as part of our "Picture of Health" Campaign, worm egg counts will be 25% off until the end of August to help everyone get their worming just right. all worm egg count results will be reported by one of our nursing team, along with advice as to which wormer you should use for each horse. If you wish to drop off more than three samples at once please ring the office to let us know when they will be arriving to ensure prompt analysis and results.
Biosecurity is a complicated and often misinterpreted word. Many feel that it is only the action taken after a disease is diagnosed. Everyone has this image of people in Hazmat suits and lots of yellow tape. While that can be a part of biosecurity once a disease is diagnosed it isn’t the only aspect.
Biosecurity can be as simple as remembering to wash your hands after mucking out before you eat a sandwich. In principle it is the prevention of spread of infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.
This month we wanted to give some useful and achievable tips to help protect your horses while at shows, clinics or other events. Protecting your horse is very important of course but you can also protect all the horses at your yard and help prevent a disease outbreak.
The risk at events is that lots of strange horses are in the same place and direct contact between horses can be an easy route to spread disease. But indirect contact such as people touching different horses, shared tack, water buckets or water troughs can all spread infectious agents.
Tips to protect your horse
•Vaccination- We recommend vaccination against Equine Influenza and Tetanus in every horse. Vaccines are available against Strangles also.
•Avoid nose-to-nose or direct contact between horses.
•Take your own Water and buckets- horses sharing water can be an easy way to spread disease such as strangles.
•Wash your hands- especially after handling strange horses even if it looks healthy.
•Clean your boots and clothes after each show or outing as infectious agents can survive on these.
•Don’t share tack or rugs between horses.
•Try to avoid sharing transport with horses from different yards as they will have contact on the journey.
•Isolation for horses that have stayed away in close contact with strange horses such as a residential camp as they are a higher risk for bringing disease back onto a yard.
What are we protecting against?
Equine Influenza (Flu)
Flu is a virus that is spread by direct contact and through the air. Vaccination can help protect your horse from symptoms and help reduce spread. Flu causes High fevers, snotty noses and coughing. It spreads very quickly around yards if horses are not vaccinated.
Strangles is a bacterial infection which spreads more slowly with an incubation period of 1-3 weeks. It is passed by nasal discharges or purulent material from abscesses. As a result, common routes of spread include shared buckets and touching noses. Strangles causes a fever, snotty noses and abscesses around the face. Horses can become chronically infected and are carriers who can infect other horses without showing symptoms.
Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal infection. It can spread across species including to people, cows, dog and most other animals. It appears as round areas of hair loss which spread around the horse. In people the areas are reddened and can be itchy. It often self-cures but takes a long time to do this so treatment helps reduce spread on the horse and to other horses and people.
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