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Newsletter - Winter 2018/9

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2018

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all our clients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with best wishes for 2019!

New Microchip Legislation

A new law requiring horse owners to microchip their animals has been introduced recently to prevent abuse and improve welfare.  From October 2020 it will be mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys. The new Central Equine Database will then allow local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses and make sure they are punished and the animals are given the care they deserve. It will also mean lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily.

If your horse is not microchipped the vets can do this for you at their annual vaccination or any other vet visit. 

If you are not sure if your horse already has a microchip check their passport and if still unsure the vet can scan their neck to check, and if not then implant a microchip.

Endoscopy and Gastroscopy


Endoscopy
involves passing an endoscope up the nostril into the nasal cavity and is used to diagnose respiratory disease such as coughs, equine asthma and nasal diacharge, and also to assess the function of the larynx in cases of respiratory noise during exercise.

Gastroscopy involves passing a 3.5m endoscope up the nostril, down the oesophagus and into the stomach in order to diagnose equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS).  Clinical signs of EGUS can include poor performance, inappetence, dullness, a change in temperament, resistance to girthing and weight loss. 

If you think your horse may be a candidate for endoscopy or gastroscopy the vets are happy to discuss this with you if you contact us at the clinic.

Please note – for us to carry out these procedures on the yard we do require a mains power source and a dry, under cover area.

Clipping

With the winter upon us many horses are being clipped out to remove their thick winter coats enabling them to continue to be exercised comfortably over the winter months.

Unfortunately some horses do not like being clipped and therefore for their own and the handlers safety they may require sedation for the clipping procedure.

Sedation options:

-          Sedalin – ACP gel, given orally, provides a low level of sedation*

-          Domosedan Gel – Given orally under the tongue, provides a high level of sedation.

Intravenous sedation

*Please note – both Sedalin and Domosedan Gel are prescription only medications and your horse must have been seen by a vet within the last 6 months for them to be prescribed.


If your horse needs intravenous sedation you are welcome to bring them to the clinic for them to be sedated and clipped, or the vet can come to the yard.  If we come out to your yard there is a ‘sedate and attend’ fee as the vet has to stay with your horse during clipping.  If you come to the clinic you will be charged a smaller ‘horse injection’ fee.  You must arrange your own clipper, we do not provide a clipping service.

Safety - we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that horses can still kick out/react whilst under sedation and we advise you wear a hard hat during clipping and position yourself safely at all times.

Prescription Checks – Repeat Prescriptions

A prescription check allows the vet to assess that the medication is still appropriate and at an adequate dose.  We appreciate the frustration for horse owners at yet another expense therefore prescription checks are charged at a lower fee than a standard consultation.  The horse’s annual vaccination is classed as one check of the twice yearly required checks.

When ordering more medicines we will advise you if a prescription check will soon be due for your horse.  We also ask for 24 hours notice when ordering repeat prescriptions.

Winter Worming

We recommend all horses have a routine worming treatment over winter regardless of past FWEC results, to target encysted small redworm.  We also advise you treat for tapeworm at the same time.  The most effective product for this is Equest Pramox which is available from the clinic at a price of £19.76.

If you would like worming advice please contact the clinic and speak to the vets or our SQP.