Our Annual Vaccine Amnesty is back! If your horse is over 12 months old and their vaccines are overdue by 3 months or more we can cut the cost of vaccination. Vaccination against Influenza (“Flu”) is very important if you horse travels to shows, or if you are on a busy yard with other horses going out and about. Flu can spread very quickly between horses and they can become very ill if they are not vaccinated. Tetanus is also a disease we can prevent with vaccination being very reliable which is important as tetanus is almost always deadly!
The cost of your first 2 vaccinations when you restart in April will be £60 for Both!
All this can be done on our Zone days with no visit fee!
To book in please call the office on 08458330034, Zone visit days book up well in advance so early booking is advised
Please take a minute to check that we are holding the correct address and contact details for you. It’s so difficult to remember everyone you need to notify when you change address or phone number. There are certain circumstances in which it is important for us to be able to contact you quickly and vital time can be wasted when we find we have an obsolete number for you. Most importantly of all please let us know if you change yards – it can be very embarrassing for everyone if the vet arrives at one yard and you are waiting at another. You can ring the office on the usual number or email us on email@example.com with any changes.
CONTACTING YOUR CASE VET
If you need to contact your case vet it is better to do so through the office. If you call the vet direct and they are on days off or on leave they may not pick up your message until they return to work. The office will be able to let you know whether your vet is in and arrange for them to give you a call.
As the days are getting longer and we are starting to plan holidays please make sure that we are holding details on your account of anyone else that is authorised to call us out in your absence.Dropping us a quick email now could save a lot of time in an emergency.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR
It's that time of year again. The nights are getting lighter and the grass is starting to grow. But this brings its own problems. Spring grass is higher in sugars than at other times of the year and this can lead to problems such as laminitis. Most ponies that become laminitic have an underlying hormonal problem such as PPID (Cushings) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).
Laminitis is an extremely painful disease of the horses foot. The connective tissue between the hoof wall and the pedal bone becomes inflamed and weakened. This can lead to movement of the pedal bone in relation to the hoof wall and in extreme cases even total separation.
Symptoms of laminitis include rapid onset lameness in one or more feet, they show a characteristic pottery gait and are worse on a firm surface. The pulse to the hoof is often described as ‘bounding’ and the hoof is often hot.
Laminitis is often linked to obesity and to the hormonal changes caused by obesity. EMS is caused by the fat becoming metabolically active and causing insulin resistance. This is especially common in middle aged to older native ponies.
Treatment of laminitis centres around stabilising the pedal bone. This will include the use of painkillers in combination with pedal bone support (either remedial farriery or padding) and treatment of any underlying hormonal dysregulation. Diet often plays a huge role in this.
Horses that are overweight are at a much higher risk of laminitis. This means that dietary control and exercise are key in prevention of laminitis, especially in at risk groups. This may include restriction of grazing and a strict diet alongside managing other risk factors such as Cushings disease.
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