As we mentioned in our previous newsletter our new clinic at Somerford is getting off the ground.
We’d be the first to admit that our current clinic was looking a little shabby. We are often very busy, and run out of stables on a regular basis, with nowhere for our clients to sit whilst waiting for their horses, and only one treatment room.
Luckily, we’ve been planning our new clinic for a long time and are delighted to see it up and watertight. The new clinic is located about 50 metres away from our current site, and is set within its own grounds behind the Ash arena. We’ll have double the number of stables, and two large treatment rooms, with our own dedicated trot up area.
Our new theatre with induction and recovery boxes is taking shape as you can see in photograph 1. Our induction and recovery boxes are set on each side of our theatre area, which will allow us our own reserved operating space. The photo shows the view from one of our treatment rooms through to induction box and behind this is the theatre. Large padded doors will close in the spaces when it is finished!
When it’s ready for patients we think our new clinic will be able to provide a great improvement for everyone. We will have an office reception with a waiting room so you can shelter from the weather whilst we are working on your horses.
Since our last newsletter we have painted the walls installed the gantry for the winch in theatre and begun installing the essentials like a boiler and plumbing! The reception area is also starting to take shape with dividing walls going up and furniture being ordered (photo 2). So, it is all coming along nicely and we are all very excited.
We can’t wait to show you around! We’ll bring you news of our opening as soon as we have it. In the meantime, you can find out the latest news on our Facebook page. Look for Wright & Morten Equine Clinic. We’ve uploaded a video with some “behind the scenes at the build” footage, and we’ll be looking to update this on a regular basis.
Now that holiday season is upon us please give us a quick call or drop us an email to let us know who will be looking after your horse or pony whilst you are away and whether they will be authorised to call us out if required. It is useful if we can put details of anyone authorised to call us out on your account as this can save a lot of time in an emergency.
Free Visit Scheme
The Free Visit Schemes get particularly busy during the school holidays so please try and book in plenty of time if you would like an appointment on one of these days. Please also bear in mind that these appointments are for routine procedures only so are kept short so we can offer as many appointments as possible. If you think you may need a longer consultation then a normal appointment will be more suitable. We don’t charge you the call out fee on the Free Visit Scheme but do request that you pay on the day.
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Talk About Laminitis
As many of you know the Talk about Laminitis Initiative helps test horses for PPID (Cushing’s) disease. They fund the laboratory fees for testing horses that have not previously been tested. All horses over 10 years of age are eligible as long as they have not previously been tested and are not on treatment for PPID. It is a great opportunity to test any horse or pony showing signs of Cushing’s which can include:
·Long curly coat or abnormal shedding·Recurrent infections
·Fat pads above the eyes
·Increased drinking/ urination
And, of course, PPID is a risk factor for Laminitis.
The scheme will run from June until October. If, you have any questions please contact the office or speak to one of our vets.
Blood samples can be taken on our Zone visit days or during a normal appointment. Blood sample collection and P&P cost £25.
Summer Gastric Ulcers Awareness Campaign
Gastric ulceration is a commonly diagnosed condition and can affect horses performance and wellbeing. As part of XLVets Gastroscopy campaign working with Norbrook we are happy to announce a discount on diagnosis or treatment of gastric ulcers. We are offering £100 off the initial gastroscopic examination or the first week of Peptizole treatment free of charge. Symptoms can include:
-“Girthy” behaviour i.e. unhappy (biting, cow kicking, ears back etc.) being girthed during tacking up, when putting belly straps on rugs and being brushed around lower rib cage area.
-Weight loss, including muscle mass in some cases
-Poor coat condition
-Colic; some horses will get recurrent mild colic episodes if gastric ulceration or irritation is present.
-Poor performance, such as reluctance to go forward or stretch long and low during work.
-Behavioural changes, including aggressive or unhappy behaviour in the stable or every day management.
So any of these signs could be an indication to gastroscope your horse which is the only reliable way to diagnose gastric ulceration. Treatment of gastric ulcer can be very effective and we see many cases which improve dramatically.
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